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September 24, 2004

2004.09.24: B’klyn judge probed (NY Times)

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 10:49 am
B’klyn judge probed
Staff Writer

September 24, 2004, 4:58 PM EDT

A Brooklyn criminal court judge is under investigation for an incident over the summer in which he allegedly stepped down from the bench and placed his hand on an attorney he was arguing with, said an attorney representing the jurist.

Richard N. Allman, considered by lawyers to be a mild mannered criminal court judge with a good reputation, is being probed by the state Commission of Judicial Conduct, the judge’s attorney, Michael S. Ross, said Friday.

In a telephone interview, Ross confirmed that the investigation was underway but quarreled with a media report that characterized the incident as a “physical altercation.” However, the attorney declined to elaborate or give a different explanation for what happened. News of the investigation of Allman, 44, was reported Friday in the New York Law Journal.

“It is the only case anybody can remember when a judge put his hand on somebody,” said one prominent Brooklyn attorney who asked not to be identified.

Allman reportedly got into a heated argument with Legal Aid Society attorney Stephen B. Terry during a hearing over a traffic violation in June. It was during that hearing that Allman allegedly stepped down from the bench and put his hands on Terry, yelled at him and returned to the bench.

Terry, who works in Legal Aid’s downtown Brooklyn office, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. Robert Tembeckjian, the administrator for the Commission on Judicial Conduct also couldn’t be reached for comment.

While the commission staff has reportedly pushed for Allman’s removal from the bench despite an attempt by Ross to negotiate a less severe punishment, the matter is far from resolved. Under commission rules, the judicial watchdog body can override its own staff recommendations.

The commission is enpowered to recommend a wide range of punishments for judges, from a private admonition to removal. Punishments can be appealed to the state Court of Appeals, which can make the final determination. It is not uncommon, however, for the commission staff and judges under investigation to negotiate dispositions of a case and agree as to the facts of a case, legal sources said.

Copyright (c) 2004, Newsday, Inc.

September 2, 2004

2004.09.02: Today’s (9.2) RNC Protest Calendar

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties — nyclaw01 @ 11:10 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:38 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today’s (9.2) RNC Protest Calendar

7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Ceremonies at Noon & 5 p.m.) WE REMEMBER – HE LIED – THEY DIED VIGIL FOR THE FALLEN
Location:  Union Square Park (14 St. and Broadway)
Sponsors:  Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans Against the Iraq War
Contact:  718.805.6341, 201.876.0430

2 p.m.
Location:  Harlem State Office Building, 163 W. 125 St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
Sponsors:  Artists & Activists United for Peace March & Rally
Contact:,, 212.545.4178

7 p.m.
Location:  31 St. and 8 Ave.
Sponsors:  A.N.S.W.E.R., Free Palestine Alliance, Haiti Support Network, Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, The Palestine Right of Return Congress, NYCLAW (New York City Labor Against the War), Muslim Students Association – National, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, African Services Committee, Global Women’s Strike, James Earl Chaney Foundation, Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Nicaragua Network, Mexico Solidarity Network and others. Endorsed by National Council of Arab Americans (NCA).
Contact:, 212.533.0417

8 p.m.
Candlelight Convergence for Peace and Justice During George W. Bush’s Acceptance Speech
Location:  Union Square, 14 St. and Broadway
Sponsor:  UFPJ
Contact:, 212.868.5545

All Day
-Wear a T-Shirt with the word NO. Buy one, or make your own.
-Hang a poster in your window
-Chalk NO on the streets
-Write NO on your rooftop
-Organize your neighborhood to shout NO! at 8 pm when Bush will deliver his “coronation speech”
-Participate in one of the many protest events organized for that day
-Dream up your own creative, visual piece of resistance using the word NO and let us know!!
Sponsor:  Not in Our Name Project
Contact:  212.760.1722,

RNC Protest Calendar:

2004.09.02: Real-Time Info on RNC Protest & Arrests

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties — nyclaw01 @ 11:10 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 12:01 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Real-Time Info on RNC Protest & Arrests

September 1, 2004

2004.09.09: Audio Report from Inside Pier 57 Detention Facility

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties — nyclaw01 @ 11:11 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 11:42 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Audio Report from Inside Pier 57 Detention Facility

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