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Law360 (November 24, 2020, 6:39 PM EST) — New York state’s judicial ethics watchdog will review a Buffalo judge’s decision to preside over and rule in favor of an attorney who owed him thousands of dollars, expanding an existing inquiry sparked by his role in a street brawl this summer.
The New York Office of Court Administration said Monday it had referred state Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti’s handling of the case in 2018 to the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct after Law360 reported that Justice Grisanti failed to disclose the financial relationship. The independent agency has previously censured or removed judges for similar conduct, though those cases involved repeated ethics violations.
Court records show that Justice Grisanti granted a judgment of about $18,500 in favor of a private girls school represented by