In the State of New York, and hopefully elsewhere, it is a violation of judicial ethics for judges to have an appearance of impropriety- either directly or indirectly. It makes sense, doesn't it? A person accused of a crime, doesn't want the judge in the black robes to have had removed his blind folded sense of justice, does he or she? No one wants the Judge to go fishing for a civil case after he or she has acted in a criminal arraignment. No one wants Judges to cast away the rules, and only use them when judging others. No one want district attorneys, police, and other judges to be at the end of a purse string. No one wants cover-ups, lies, deceit and institutionalized evil. This stuff can't go on in America. We are a nation of truth and justice, hamburgers and hot dogs (tofu, if ya like) and most of all trust in a fair and honorable system. Our system is built on people who give themselves to high ideals and the rule of law.
Well in Hamburg, as we have reported for almost 5 years, these ideals along with the law are just a foot note. For a second time in less than two years, Hamburg Village Judge Andrew Fleming got his hands slapped by the Judges of Judges, The New York State Judicial Ethics Committee. See NYS Judicial Ethics Committee decision on Andy : Andrew Fleming Admonished Again
Hamburg Village Justice Andrew Fleming serves as part-time judge. He is a full time practitioner of law with his buddy, partner and self-proclaimed disciple of all that is wrong in the Hamburg School District, Mr. Daniel Chiacchia ( aka Hamburg Guy). From what it appears the high ideals and the rule of law are secondary in this story.
Judge Fleming through his partner Hamburg Guy, and his wife US Assistant District Attorney Mary Pat Fleming made sizable campaign contributions to a faction of the Erie County Democratic Party and others. Judge Fleming donated tens of thousands of dollars to judicial and district attorney election coffers. The public admonishment of Fleming reveals sizable financial contributions to Erie County DA Frank Sedita, NYS Supreme Court Justice Patrick NeMoyer, other judges like Chimes, Case, Pace, Keane (s), Fahey, Dillon and more.
So folks where is the independent judiciary? How is it that the DA can accept money from village judges, US Assistant District attorneys and school board bullies like Hamburg Guy?
So, just when you are thinking, "so what"?
You should ask yourself, why would Hamburg Guy and Judge Fleming give over $1,000.00 to former Hamburg School Board Member Doctor Calkins and her running mate Sheila Ruhland?
Concerned Hamburger reported on this curiosity on July 4, 2013 in a post called : The Curious Case of Joan Calkins, Sheila Ruhland, candidates..... ( Concerned understand that the DIGITS firm had a particular curiosity about the July 4, 2013 post also)
So there you have it readers. Draw your own conclusions. The Hamburg Village Judge has been admonished twice in two years. Who is Hamburg Guy gonna blame now?
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