One day after Queens Supreme Court Justice Duane A. Hart unsuccessfully petitioned the federal court to stay misconduct proceedings against him, he asked the nine sitting members of the Commission on Judicial Conduct to spare his job.
Charged by the commission with six separate acts of misconduct, including threatening to place an attorney in jail for failing to move forward with a case and asking an attorney with a case pending before him to testify on his behalf at a previous misconduct hearing, Hart on Thursday contended that any errors he may have made did not rise to the level of sanctionable misconduct.
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