I also wrote on this blog about John Muehl's and Otsego County Judge John Lambert's tactics to coerce criminal defendants into pleas on legally insufficient cases - by dragging them to unnecessary conferences (where they were not allowed into the chambers, where John Muehl and his crew of witnesses already sat inside the chambers when defense attorneys enter the chambers, and never leave those chambers when defense attorneys leave it, conferences held off record), by denying all motions without pre-trial hearings, by harassing and intimidating defense attorneys.
I also wrote on this blog that Judge John Lambert, before coming to the bench, was DA John Muehl's deputy, the Chief Assistant District Attorney of Otsego County.
What I did not write about was John Muehl's apparent habits that John Lambert as John Muehl's subordinate cannot claim he did not know.
I appeared in Otsego County court since 1999 when I came into this country - first, accompanying my husband-attorney, and then as an attorney myself.
I remember John Muehl since he became a DA. I remember his ruddy face with the facial color that I normally saw on my husband's DWI clients.
It was previously reported by a blogger that John Muehl, before he became a DA, left the scene of an accident because he was drunk. John Muehl, as far as I know, did not sue that person for defamation.
And whether a DA has a drinking problem or not is a BIG issue of public concern.
First, if John Muehl does have a drinking problem, he should not be investigating and/or prosecuting cases because his judgment may be clouded by alcohol.
Second, he has no moral right to prosecute felony DWIs where he himself is absolved from such investigations and prosecutions, being put by his position above the law.
And here is John Muehl's picture, a close-up. A ruddy blotchy face, blood-shot clouded eyes. The question is, how can such a man be trusted with prosecutions of people, putting people away for years?