A Brooklyn, N.Y., judge who offered a criminal defendant a last-minute “game show” choice — hear a jury’s verdict or accept the judge’s finding of guilt and a shorter prison sentence — has been reprimanded by the Appellate Division, 2nd Department.
The unusual circumstances in People v. Nicholson, 2004-09502, played out in the courtroom of Acting Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Goldberg in October 2004.
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