Eastern District of New York Judge Thomas C. Platt has been removed from a case because a federal appeals court said he demonstrated “scorn” in his approach to the sentencing of a tax fraud defendant. This is the fourth time since 2008 that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rebuked the judge for sentencing errors and the third time it has removed him from a case.

In United States v. Woltmann, 10-413, the circuit on Tuesday found Platt “abdicated his judicial responsibility” by refusing to accept a government recommendation that a cooperating defendant be given a lower sentence and failing to consider sentencing factors as required.