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May 17, 2013

Panel says conflicted judge must step down

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The state Commission on Judicial Conduct recently issued a determination that Middletown Justice Glen R. George be removed from office, according to court documents.

The decision, dated May 1, resulted from a Jan. 5, 2012, complaint that he failed to disqualify himself from a no-seat-belt charge against an individual whose family had a professional and social relationship with George.

This happened despite his being cautioned for failing to disqualify himself from cases of another member of that family, the documents said. He dismissed the seat belt ticket without charge and without notice to the prosecution.

George was also cited for having engaged in inappropriate conversation with a prospective litigant in small claims court.

When asked for comment, Middletown Supervisor Marjorie Miller said the town had not yet received notification of the decision.

George will not be serving the town during that time, but there will not be a vacancy until there is a resolution, Miller said, as George may decide to appeal the ruling. His term is scheduled to finish at the end of the year, she said.

The town court is presided over by George and Gary Rosa, according to its webpage.

When George was called for comment, a woman who answered the phone said he was not available.