Marital problems and a heavy caseload helped create the "perfect psychological storm" for a city court judge who jailed defendants for not taking responsibility for a ringing cell phone in his courtroom, his attorney told New York state's highest court. Overwork does not excuse Judge Robert Restaino's tirade, but it helps explain why it happened and should mitigate against his removal from the bench as recommended by the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Terrence Connors argued before the Court of Appeals.
Caseload, Marital Problems Raised as Factors in Judge's Tirade Over Courtroom Cell Phone
New York Law Journal
April 24, 2008