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The Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y., Thursday reinstated six felony counts against former New York Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson with a precedential ruling that judges can face criminal prosecution for acts that started with a violation of the Rules of Judicial Conduct.

Thursday’s 6-1 opinion means the former judge accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks from a divorce lawyer is once again confronted with the full panoply of felony charges lodged against him following a sting operation initiated by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’ office.

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