Judge resigns for allegedly saying people in court should be “swinging”

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A judge in Wayne County has resigned after comments made about the people who appear in front of him and the legal system as a whole.

Scott Stone was the judge in Town of Butler and Wolcott Village courts.

According to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Stone is reported to have made statements that suggested disdain for certain laws and aspects of the legal process, as well as a predisposition to presume a defendant’s guilt, and what would appear to be a personal annoyance with criminal defense attorneys in his court.

On October 13, 2015, Stone is alleged to have made negative statements about the judicial system during a public meeting of the Wolcott Village Board. Stone allegedly said, “Most of these individuals, if I had my way, you’d see them probably swinging outside the door, okay? That’s the way I was brought up.” 

His resignation comes amid formal charges from the CJC. Stone has also agreed to neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future.

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