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Queens Civil Court Judge Terrence O’Connor, who was described as “belligerent, rude and condescending” in a decision recommending his removal earlier this year, was officially removed from the bench by the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

The high court said in a unanimous decision that aside from his behavior in the courtroom, his decision to not cooperate with an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct into his actions also contributed to his removal.

“Petitioner maintains that his underlying conduct, standing alone, would ordinarily result in no more than a censure, and that his failure to cooperate fully with the Commission’s investigation should not elevate the sanction to removal,” the court wrote. “We reject this argument.”

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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