Judge Ousted Over Hate Campaign
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A judge accused of waging a hate campaign against a lawyer by sending a series of threatening letters and faxes has been dismissed by a judicial commission.
The unsigned messages, sent in 1994, began with name-calling and escalated to pinpointing Thomas Liotti’s home on a map and saying: ``Do you see how easy it is to disappear from the face of the earth, Tommy Boy?″
Nassau County Judge B. Marc Mogil said Wednesday he will appeal the action by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.
``Sometimes it takes time, sometimes it takes anguish, but the truth will prevail,″ said Mogil, 46.
The State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, must decide whether Mogil will remain on the bench during his appeal.
The feud apparently began in 1991, when Mogil wrote a stinging letter resigning from a lawyers’ group after Liotti invited the late civil rights attorney William Kunstler to speak. In 1993, Liotti filed a complaint questioning Mogil’s mental and professional competence.