NY commission: Village justice should be removed

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. (AP) – A state commission says a village justice in northern New York should be removed from the bench for jailing defendants without due process.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct says Friday that Hudson Falls Village Justice Michael Feeder abused his power when he jailed five people for contempt of court in 2007 and 2008. In one case, the commission said he jailed a teen for talking quietly in the back of the court while awaiting release on conditional discharge.

Feeder can contest the commission's finding. If he doesn't, he will be removed March 10.

He's not running for re-election and was scheduled to end his judgeship at the end of March.

Feeder, who had been censured in 2009 for unrelated complaints, couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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