Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Alessandro was removed from the bench yesterday by the Court of Appeals, which determined that the same punishment was too harsh for his brother, Bronx Civil Court Judge Francis M. Alessandro. The Court instead reduced the removal recommendation made against Francis by the Commission on Judicial Conduct to an admonition. That will allow Francis, 70, to serve out the final weeks of his judicial career from the bench before he faces mandatory retirement at the end of this year. The judges had harsh words for Joseph, 64, and his handling of a $250,000 loan he took out during his 2003 race for Westchester County Court judge from Barbara Battista, the manager of his campaign.
Joseph Alessandro Removed, Brother Admonished Over Loan
New York Law Journal
October 21, 2009
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