Sloppy financial reporting, family health worries and a litigious campaign staffer combined to create an imbroglio that unfairly threatens to end the judicial careers of two judges, who are brothers, the men are arguing before the New York Court of Appeals.

In briefs filed before the court, Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Alessandro and Bronx Civil Court Judge Francis M. Alessandro asked for leniency by reducing to lesser sanctions the removal recommendations by the Commission on Judicial Conduct. (See the Commission’s findings in Matter of Joseph S. Alessandro and Matter of Francis M. Alessandro.)

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