Albany judge to Iraq war veteran: 'Did you kill anybody, as far as you know?'
New York Upstate
August 22, 2016
Albany, NY -- An Albany judge agreed to resign this month after being accused of making improper comments from the bench, among other behavior.
Specifically, City Court Judge Thomas Keefe, 64, admitted in his resignation letter to "exceedingly poor" judgment in the case of Iraq war veteran Joseph Hayner.
Hayner was before Keefe in 2013 on a marijuana case. The veteran disputed a positive drug test, but the judge questioned his honesty. Keefe asked about Hayner's military record and discovered he had fought in Iraq, the New York Law Journal reported.
"Did you kill anybody, as far as you know?" the judge asked.
"I don't want to talk about that, sir," Hayner replied.
"Have you killed anybody here in Albany in the past week?" the judge asked.
"No," Hayner responded.
The judge told Hayner he could not smoke marijuana under an alternative sentenciung program and that he must tell the truth about any drug use, the Law Journal reported.
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