On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the State of New York Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted the resignation of Brooklyn Surrogate Court Judge Harriet L. Thompson after the latter’s alleged hateful and racist remarks against various individuals and ethnicities.

The case is entitled “In the matter Harriet L. Thompson” and was brought by the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

On September 1, 2023, it was stated that Lawrence K Marks, Chief Administrative Judge at New York State Unified Court System, issued an administrative order relieving judge Thompson of her probate cases and barring her from entering non-public areas of the downtown Brooklyn courthouse. According to a memo, this is in relation to an extensive investigation that substantiated serious allegations of misconduct against the respondent. This is in regard to the hateful remarks and comments of the respondent in the presence of United Court System personnel. Allegedly, the latter made hateful remarks against various individuals and ethnicities.

The filing states:

“The conduct substantiated by the IG’s investigation consists of inappropriate statements by Petitioner in the courthouse in the presence of UCS personnel which disparaged (i) the sexual orientation of UCS court administrators and members of the State Judiciary in King County; (ii) the competence and physical appearance of members of the State Judiciary in Kings County; (iii) the physical appearance of State court employees in Kings County; and (iv) the character of judges, attorneys, and court users in Kings County based on their membership in a particular ethnic group.”

The filing continues:

“Regarding the sexual orientation of UCS court administrators and members of the State Judiciary in Kings County, Judge Harriet allegedly stated that: “Four members of the State Judiciary were “gay racist f****ts [slur for gaymen] all fucking each other, they’re trying to ruin me and get me. I hate these gay white men; I’m going to show them. I’m afraid of no one, no one. The Holy Ghost told me and is showing me what they are trying to do.”

Regarding an African American member of the State Judiciary, Judge Harriet allegedly stated that: “She walked around for years with that color in her hair looking ridiculous. What would make her do that? For years she wore blond hair looking horrible. And I never understand why black women would wear blond hair to look like White women, but for some reason, she thinks she looks good. That’s disgusting. No Black woman should wear blond hair.”

The filing further states:

“Regarding Hispanic court employees, attorneys, and court users, Judge Harriet allegedly stated that: “I do not like Hispanic people. They have a deceitful trait that goes way back to biblical times… The men are always stealing, and the women are no better, they lie, steal, and use their vaginas for anything they want. They are corrupt and lost as a people. Trust me, watch them and how they move.”

On January 9, 2023, in a stipulation, the respondent filed her resignation from office after the charges that were thrown against her. The commission denied various applications filed by the respondent including motions to dismiss several charges against her. On November 30, 2022, the respondent produced a letter from her physician stating that due to certain medical procedures, she is “not medically fit to stand trial”.

Consistent with the stipulation filed by the respondent, stating her resignation, and having affirmed that upon vacating her judicial office, she will neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future, the court accepted the resignation of the respondent.

The Disposition states:

“DETERMINED, on the Commission’s own motion, that the Stipulation is accepted and that the pending matter is concluded, by the terms of the Stipulation, subject to being revived according to the terms of the Stipulation”

The Judge earned a law degree from Albany Law School in 1982.

Judge Thompson’s courtroom is located at 2 Johnson St in Brooklyn and can be reached at 1 347-404-9700. Her info can be found on Trellislaw.com

A copy of the original filing can be found here