Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bench slapped ..... finally!

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "God, how would you like to face this in a courtroom?"

For further insight into Carol Berkman's "judicial" philosophy,her relationship with New York prosecutors, and how she treats defendants and their attorneys, see:

Dear Anonymous:

Thank you very much for contacting CyberSmokeBlog.

When an image such as this can readily be found on the internet (the photograph is circa 1990 no less) it begs the question, how did she ever make it onto the Bench?
Although we have no familiarity with the case cited in your link, this excerpt from paragraph 5 jumped out to hit us in the face:

..... Judge Berkman had ruled that “neither good faith nor truth is a defense to any of the crimes charged,” and instructed the jury to ignore “the issues of freedom of speech under the First Amendment;” she explained at sentencing that Raphael Golb’s “parody crossed the line.” Judge Rosalyn Richter of the First Appellate Division immediately stayed the judgment and released Raphael Golb on bail, indicating that the case was one of “first impression.”

That's the bad news. The good news is she's about to retire, unfortunately, it wasn't much sooner. The benchslap will serve as a little pre-retirement gift from the people.

Clare L. Pieuk


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