A veteran criminal defense and civil rights lawyer has been publicly censured after repeatedly disparaging a special referee who adjudicated major parts of his divorce with his wife, calling the special referee “a liar” who “fixes matrimonial actions” in one of several letters he sent to the state’s chief administrative judge.

In another of the attorney’s letters issued to Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks in 2019, the lawyer, Andrew Freifeld, said the Manhattan Supreme Court-assigned referee handling his divorce was “judicially unfit” and “a bully, who, in cahoots with [his wife and her counsel], leveraged her power under the law to degrade me repeatedly” in court.

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