On Thursday, December 15, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted the resignation of Philip G. Franklin, a Justice of the Locke Town Court, Cayuga County. Judge Franklin was being investigated by the Commission for failing to account properly for court funds.

In August 2022, Judge Franklin was apprised by the Commission that it was investigating complaints that he failed to make mandatory reports and remittances of court funds in a timely manner, leading the State Comptroller to direct that his judicial salary be stopped.

On November 4, 2022, Judge Franklin tendered his resignation and affirmed that he will vacate judicial office on December 1, 2022. Judge Franklin also stated that he will neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future.

The Stipulation was signed on November 21, 2022. The Commission issued an order accepting it on December 15, 2022.

The order reads:

“The Commission having before it the Stipulation dated November 21, 2022; and Judge Franklin having tendered his resignation dated November 4, 2022, effective December 1, 2022; and having affirmed that after vacating his judicial office, he will neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future and having waived confidentiality as provided by Judiciary Law Section 45 to the extent that the Stipulation will become public upon being signed by the signatories and that the Commission’s Decision and Order with respect thereto will become public; now, therefore, it is 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; and it is SO ORDERED.”

Judge Franklin, who is not an attorney, had been a Justice of the Locke Town Court since 1991. His current term would have expired on December 31, 2025.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.