AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Law enforcement officials were seen raiding the home of acting Supreme Court Justice John Michalski on Thursday morning.
According to the FBI, they were conducting court-authorized activity. Also at the scene were New York State police, Amherst police and members of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Terry Connors, Michalski’s attorney, says authorities were executing a search warrant.
“Both the judge and his wife cooperated fully in connection with that search warrant,” Connors said. He added he had not seen the warrant and was not aware of what contents may have been taken from the home.
Law enforcement officers could be seen coming and going from the home in Amherst. They also appeared to be looking at two vehicles in the driveway.
Michalski made headlines early last year after he was captured on video stepping in front of a train and lying down on the tracks. The following November, he formally requested to come back to the bench.
After spending time on medical leave due to a leg injury suffered during the train incident, Michalski was reinstated as a judge this past January.
A spokesperson for the New York State Unified Court System commented on the situation at his home, saying “We are aware of the ongoing law enforcement action and at this point are monitoring the situation.”
As of Thursday, Michalski’s cases going forward are being reassigned. Until further notice, no judicial matters will be assigned to him.
Michalski’s relationship with Peter Gerace, Jr., has been under investigation by federal prosecutors, News 4 Investigates reported last year. Gerace, the operator of Pharoah’s Gentlemen’s Club in Cheektowaga, has been accused of conspiring to commit sex trafficking and distributing drugs.
Law enforcement ultimately left the Michalski home at about noon on Thursday. Michalski has not been charged with any crime.
Officials with the New York State Office of the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo declined to comment on the search.
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