State Commission calls for removal of Conklin Judge
The New York State Commission of Judicial Conduct says a judge in Conklin should be removed from office.
The commission says it has determined that J. Marshall Ayres, a Justice of the Conklin Town Court, has committed two alleged charges. The commission's decision is dated May 4.
In a formal complaint, the commission states Judge Ayres attempted to get his daughter out of a traffic ticket dating back to December 2014. The second part of the complaints claims Ayres sent eight unauthorized letters to a Broome County judge handling an appeal to Ayres' restitution orders tied to a petit larceny case.
In the written filing, the commission wrote, "While we recognize that removal from office is an 'extreme sanction' that 'should be imposed only in the event of truly egregious circumstances,' in our view respondent's multiple efforts to influence the disposition of his daughter's ticket, coupled with his additional misconduct and the aggravating factors presented here, demonstrate that he (Ayres) 'is not fit or judicial office' and thus that the sanction of removal is warranted."
"We clearly disagree with their decision. We are reviewing our options," Ayres said in a statement to 12 News.
According to the filing, Ayres is not an attorney. He has been a judge in Conklin Town Court since 2009.