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A judge who left the bench, dropped his robes on the floor and seemingly challenged a defendant to a fist fight in court has barely escaped removal. Albany, N.Y., City Judge William A. Carter was presiding in 2004 when a defendant became agitated. Carter threw off his glasses, dropped his robes and rushed toward the defendant, demanding, “You want a piece of me?” Records show that police officers got between the two and prevented any physical contact. On another occasion, an officer informed Carter that a defendant had made an obscene gesture. Carter said that if he was so upset, “Why don’t you just thump the shit out of him outside the courthouse?” The state Commission on Judicial Conduct settled for a censure, but two dissenters wrote that Carter’s “total lack of self-control and the necessary judicial temperament” rendered him unfit for office. -New York Law Journal No parking And you thought parking was tough in your neighborhood. Since a parking lot near the Passaic County Courthouse in Paterson, N.J., was closed in May, visitors have reported having the cars broken into on the streets. A law clerk was the victim of a purse-snatching attempt, and a court employee was caught in a gun battle while stopped in traffic nearby. She ducked as the gangs fired at each other. The sheriff’s department has promised to beef up patrols, but a police spokesman observed that some crimes are “normal occurrences in an urban setting.”- New Jersey Law Journal

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