“piece of me” judge sued for $2 million

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judgeAngry We reported two months ago that Albany [NY] City Court Judge William A. Carter was censured by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, for an incident in which he left the bench, dropped his robes on the floor, and — while rushing toward a criminal defendant who was seeking to drop his public defender and appear pro se — inquired “do you want a piece of me?“.  Ten weeks later, the defendant Talib Alsaifullah, 46, is appearing pro se as plaintiff in a civil rights suit filed in U.S. District Court in Albany.  He’s “suing Carter for $2 million, claiming pain, suffering and a lasting fear of the judiciary” (emphasis added).  He [Alsaifullah, not Carter] is serving a sentence for assault at Albany County Correctional Facility. (Albany Times Union, “Judge’s outburst brings lawsuit,” Dec. 13, 2006; and see North Country Gazette, “Albany Judge sued for confronting defendant,” Dec. 13, 2006)

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