1) for failing to disclose Mr. Northrup's next-in-command John Hubbard's prior law practice with a judge before whom Northrup appeared for over 19 years (Carl Becker); and
2) to prosecute, as a District Attorney of Delaware County, Delaware County Attorney Porter Kirkwood who engaged for years, according to documents provided to me after the election by NYS Comptroller's office in unauthorized practice of law (not to mention in perpetuating the illegal no-bid contract scheme of Delaware County).
The reason why Judge Northrup did not prosecute Porter Kirkwood appeared to be not the usual "prosecutorial discretion", but a prosecutorial discretion for personal gain - Porter Kirkwood shared his expensive advertisement and supporters with Northrup.
After all, both Northrup and Kirkwood were supported by the quickly-retired (and notoriously corrupt) judge Carl Becker, and ran a joint judicial election campaign, and advertisements in election campaign cost money - so it appears that Northrup sold his prosecutorial discretion for the ability to ride on Kirkwood's campaign donors' joint ads, like this:
By the way, Becker has a history of relentlessly pursuing and retaliating against people who challenged his corruption, including people who sued him, which counts sending to jail and taking away children of innumerable challengers, and taking two attorney licenses - mine for making motions to recuse him in view of his egregious misconduct and conflicts of interest and David Roosa's who challenged Becker's misconduct and doling out attorney assignments only to those attorneys who agreed to sell out there clients and not make motions on their behalf, thus agreeing to the collusion between then-Judge Becker and his client of 27 years the Delaware County Department of Social Services.
Attorney Roosa was reinstated, interestingly, ONE DAY BEFORE Becker retired - on July 30, 2015.
But, Becker was given a new victim instead of Roosa - me, I was suspended on November 13, 2015 for making motions to recuse Becker for misconduct.
Isn't it interesting that I started to practice law in 2009, one year before Mr. Roosa (and became, unknowingly, instead of Mr. Roosa, the bane of Becker's existence), and was suspended after Mr. Roosa was given back his license - unlawfully taken away from him on complaint of Becker.
I can confirm that in my years of work in Delaware County Family Court in front of Becker in child abuse, neglect and family case as an attorney, since 2009, my husband and I were the only attorneys who made any motions, and those motions were met with severe displeasure, and sanctions if they were seeking to recuse him, by Becker.
David Roosa's suspension in 2008 apparently has sent a chill through the legal community not to make motions of any kind, especially to recuse - or else.
By the way, at around the same time as Becker, and at around the same time as the audit by NYS Comptroller of Delaware County, Becker's buddies in Delaware County, Delaware County Attorney Richard Spinney and Delaware County Commissioner of Social Services Bill Moon also retired.
In fact, that Richard Northrup will run for a judge was announced in the announcement that Becker was retiring, so Northrup and Becker cannot appear at the same time in black robes as judges.
They should be wearing one robe for two - as Northrup occupies the same bench as Becker left.
Then, after having retired "to see more of his pregnant daughter" (who, according to Becker himself, lived out of state), Becker was constantly seen in the courthouse, parking in the parking lot reserved for judicial personnel, with "judge plates" still on his car - a voilation of the law.
Becker got the gall to even appear at the swearing-in ceremony of Richard Northrup in a black robe, and, according to the photo, appears to be administering Richard Northrup's oath of office - and sending the public a false message that he was still a sitting judge:
Of course, as a retired judge and a private attorney at the time he was apparently administering the oath to Northrup, Becker did not have ANY power to administer oaths to new judges, and thus Richard Northrup's oath of office is not valid - and, under the NYS Constitution, he is not a valid judge and his actions are not valid too.
There is, of course, a Public Officers Law 15, hastily introduced by the NYS Legislature after a large number of New York judges were caught around 2005 by an investigative reporter not having their oaths of office on file (Becker's was not on file either).
POL 15 claims that , even if the oath of office is not good, the judge's actions are still valid - but Public Officers Law 15 in itself is still invalid, as the Legislature has no power to unilaterally amend the New York State Constitution which provides:
So, the little POL 15 contradicts the state Constitution in recognizing validity of acts by a judge who did not bind himself by a valid constitutional oath of office.
And the "taking" of the oath of office should be, of course, administered by a person who has authority to take such oaths.
Carl Becker, having voluntarily relinquished his position of a judge, as of July of 2015 (the position in which Northrup actually succeeded him), as of his retirement date of July 31, 2015 is just a lay individual and a licensed attorney which did not allow him to administer oaths to new judges.
And, Northrup knew better than to agree to have Becker, wearing a black robe of a present judge, administer oath of office to Northrup. That sent the public a false message that Becker was still a public official and is still in power - maybe, Becker craves to have that message sent, but it was completely wrong for Northrup to humor the political and financial supporter of his joint election campaign with Porter Kirkwood in such a way.
I wonder whether Becker will be sanctioned as an attorney for impersonating a judge and administering an invalid oath of office to another judge.
I will file a complaint against Becker on this respect and we will see what happens.
As a comparison, the oath of office of another fraudster judge, Christina Ryba in Albany
(see my blogs about her elections here, here, here, here and here, and I will publish my complaint against her and her two supporting judges requesting to take them off the bench in a separate blog),
was administered by a presently-in-office Albany City Court judge Rachel Kretser, even though the retired U.S. Magistrate judge Randolph Treece "led the ceremony", whatever that means:
See private attorney disguised as a sitting judge Carl Becker in the same position as sitting judge Kretser, administering the oath of office to Richard Northrup?
At the very least, Ryba did not jeopardize her position by parading a retired judge as a judge-still-in-office, as Northrup did.
That's some die-hard loyalty by Northrup to Becker, defying law and reason!
Considering that Northrup, for 19 years, appeared in front of Judge Becker, such a loyalty acquires quite a sinister meaning, tainting all convictions Northrup obtained in front of Becker - and especially in view of his successor in the DA's office, now Acting District Attorney and the former Chief Assistant District Attorney John Hubbard's admission that he shared a LAW PRACTICE with Carl Becker (an admission that was NEVER shared in court proceedings where Northrup appeared in front of Becker in criminal felony proceedings or in Family Court child abuse proceedings - as a statutory necessary party).
Here are my two complaints against Northrup to the Commission for Judicial Conduct:
Here is the today's additional complaint: