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Council punishes judge for lack of temperament

February 28, 2019

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Judicial Review Council has issued rare disciplinary action against a judge, a move municipal tax assessors say was a long time coming.

The New Haven Register reports the council cited Judge Trial Referee George Levine for bias, intimidation, lack of judicial temperament and acting in a “discourteous and undignified manner.”

Public notices show Levine has acknowledged the misconduct and accepted his censures.

Court records show Levine brought an appraiser to tears last year in one case. In a second case, Levine threatened to find Andover Assessor John Chaponis in contempt of court.

Chaponis says dozens of his colleagues have complained about similar situations of bullying and unprofessional treatment.

Levine’s attorney says the reprimand was an appropriate resolution to the matter.