For at least the 10th time, the Appellate Division, 1st Department, has rebuked a Manhattan Supreme Court justice for excessively interfering with the examination of witnesses during a criminal trial.
In the present case, the unanimous panel ruled that Justice Arlene R. Silverman’s “almost continuous interference” during both the defense’s and the prosecution’s questioning constituted reversible error, requiring the panel to throw out a guilty verdict in a felony drug-possession trial.
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