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Former Judge Sanctioned For Trying To Intimidate A Pro Se Tenant

Posted by Mark Smith on September 29, 2000 at 09:07:36:

Today's News Update in the September 29th online edition of the New York Law Journal has this interesting item:

A Manhattan Civil Court judge has sanctioned a retired judge for trying to intimidate a pro se plaintiff in a landlord-tenant dispute. Judge Debra Rose Samuels fined Patrick J. Cunningham $1,000 in a suit for damages allegedly caused by Mr. Cunningham's clients. Mr. Cunningham, a former Onondaga County Court judge, sent the plaintiff an "extremely troubling" letter falsely stating that the CPLR required payment for deposition expenses, Judge Samuels said, as well as referring to himself as a retired "Superior Court Judge," when such position does not exist. Judge Samuels said the retired judge "crassly allude[d] to that intimidate a pro se litigant."

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