State Supreme Court Justice relieved from duties after allegations of ‘misconduct’

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Office of Court Administration announced on Saturday that State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum has been relieved from all of his judicial duties over allegations of misconduct.

OCA officials say that as of December 31 at midnight, Rosenbaum will no longer be a Justice of the Supreme Court and the position will become vacant.

This includes Rosenbaum’s position of Supervising Judge of the Civil Courts for the judicial district, his case inventory reassigned, and the OCA restricted his access from any nonpublic areas of the Courthouse.

“Upon learning of those allegations, our Inspector General immediately opened an investigation and the State Commission on Judicial Conduct was contacted,” a spokesperson with OCA said.

Rosenbaum was reelected in November, effective January 1, 2020, but he will decline to take the office as an elected State Supreme Court Justice.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office did not have a comment available at this time.

When asked for specifics regarding the alleged conduct, OCA officials responded with:

“Our statement from Saturday is our comment. It remains a continuing investigation.”

That Saturday statement is included below in Monday’s statement from Hon. Craig Doran, Administrative Judge of 7th Judicial District.

Hon. Doran statement

Of the parties involved, no one has yet to offer any specifics into the alleged misconduct, citing that is an ongoing investigation.

“Since this is a continuing investigation by ourselves and the Conduct Commission, in relatively early stages, there isn’t more I can be specific about,” said New York Courts Director of Public Information Lucian Chalfen in an email Monday. “What happened here is that we were made aware of allegations of behavior, found them credible, and moved to administratively do what we deemed appropriate.”

Rosenbaum was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court in 2005, and later elected to a full term that same year. Prior to his election to State Supreme Court, Rosenbaum was in private practice in Rochester — concentrating in civil litigation, tax certiorari matters and government affairs. He was also previously the first Branch Counsel of the United States Small Business Administration in Rochester.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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