An Elmira city court judge and a town court justice in Madison County resigned after being served with formal disciplinary charges, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday.
Thomas E. Ramich, a judge of the Elmira City Court, Chemung County, and John S.R. Bartlett, a justice of the Lebanon Town Court, Madison County, agreed in separate proceedings not to seek judicial office in the future. With that agreement, charges were dropped in mid-March.
Ramich was served with a formal written complaint on April 30, 2012, alleging that he instructed his part-time court attorney to run personal errands and perform personal legal services without compensation.
Ramich was also accused of telling a sexually graphic and demeaning joke about a co-judge during an awards dinner and of requiring defendants to make financial contributions to local charities. He allegedly empaneled his daughter as a juror in his courtroom and discussed her feelings about the case with her between the time when the verdict was reached and sentencing occurred.
He resigned after an evidentiary hearing before a referee.
Bartlett was served with a complaint on January 2, which alleged that he failed to make timely reports to the state Comptroller’s Office about collections of fines and penalties, as required by law. He was also accused of failing to cooperate with the judicial conduct commission’s investigation.
He resigned in lieu of hearing.
(Photo: Thomas E. Ramich)