Two cases decided on the same day, November 13, 2015 that I would like to discuss here are:
- Matter of Tatiana Neroni (suspended for 2 years for truthful criticism of a judge in motions to recuse) and
- Matter of Barry Dolgoff (suspended for 1 year for grand theft of client funds from the trust account - $149,000 of client funds, to be exact).
convicted of a felony as defined in paragraph e of this subdivision, shall upon such conviction, cease to be an attorney and counsellor-at-law, or to be competent to practice law as such."
Of course, anything would be "isolated" and "unrelated" when a judge wants to absolve himself - but that is why many states do not allow the judge targeted with a motion to recuse to preside over such a motion, much less to impose sanctions for making such a motion.
There are no guidelines for attorneys as to how to make inferences whether the record in front of them does or does not raise an inference that the judge was bribed or influenced, or committed misconduct. It is just common sense.