- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - A state panel has unanimously voted to censure a Southampton town judge.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct says Edward Burke Sr. was censured for four acts of misconduct. Burke has been Southampton town judge since 2008. He also was judge from 1994 to 2000.

The commission opted against removing Burke from the bench.

It found he had improperly ridden in a police car with a suspect he had earlier arraigned on a DWI charge. He also was found to have improperly recommended the suspect hire one of Burke’s business partners as an attorney.

The panel also said he improperly promoted his law firm, imposed fines over the legal limit, and made improper campaign contributions.

Attorney Paul Schechtman described them as “isolated mistakes in a 20-year career of distinguished judicial service.”



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