- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A former western New York town judge has promised he won’t seek re-election after officials said the former state trooper wrongfully prohibited media from covering the arraignment of a state police major’s daughter charged with killing her boyfriend.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Wednesday that York Town Court Judge Walter Purtell agreed never to pursue or accept judicial office as part of his resignation last month.

The commission’s investigation was in response to formal complaints of misconduct filed after he banned reporters from the high-profile arraignment of Danielle Allen in December. Allen pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in the fatally stabbing of her boyfriend on Nov. 21 at a home in Livingston County.

Purtell had served as the town judge since 1998.



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