On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct released a determination calling for the removal of Randy A. Hall from his position as a Justice of the Dickinson Town Court in Broome County.
In its determination, the Commission outlined several allegations of serious misconduct against Justice Hall. It found that he had made crude and inappropriate sexual comments to his female co-judge and female court clerks on multiple occasions. Some of these comments referenced sex acts, intimate photos, and sexual harassment training. The Commission also determined Justice Hall had improperly invoked his position as a judge during an unrelated personal dispute at a gas station.
In addition, the Commission alleged Justice Hall conveyed the impression he had prejudged the guilt of criminal defendants in matters before his court. On his public Facebook page, the judge also posted jokes about inappropriate topics like serial killers that were unbecoming of his position.
Justice Hall did not participate in the Commission’s proceedings regarding the allegations, failing to respond to legal filings or attend oral arguments. As a result, the Commission granted a summary determination finding the factual allegations established.
In its determination, 10 of 11 Commission members voted to remove Justice Hall from the bench, citing his inappropriate sexually charged comments, comments suggesting bias, invocations of his judicial authority improperly, and undignified social media posts. His lack of participation in the proceedings further aggravated the misconduct.
If Justice Hall does not request a review from the New York Court of Appeals within 30 days, he will be automatically removed from office.
Hall, who is not an attorney, has served as a Justice of the Dickinson Town Court since 2022. His current term is set to expire at the end of 2025.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.