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Court Removes Judge Who Favored Step-Grandkids

ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - The New York Appellate Division removed Dennis LaBombard as Town Court Justice of the city of Ellenburg.

LaBombard lost his position as a result of four abuses of his authority.

First, he presided over a criminal trespassing case involving his step-grandchildren. He adjourned the case and failed to make them perform community service.

Second, he used his influence to put in a good word for his step-grandchild, who faced felony charges in another court.

Third, LaBombard refused to recuse himself from a case involving the son of one the judge's former co-workers.

Finally, LaBombard got into a verbal altercation with a woman after a car collision. He repeatedly told her that he was a judge, and he continued to trumpet his judicial status after following her into a barber shop.

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