NEW YORK (AP) – An appeals court has thrown out a robbery conviction because a New York judge called a defense lawyer “a clown” and “silly” in front of the jury.
The appeals panel ruled Tuesday that acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary’s comments deprived the defendant of a fair trial.READ MORE: Woman Groped While Shopping At Macy's In Brooklyn
The New York Law Journal said Neary did not return calls seeking comment. Court system spokesman David Bookstaver told the journal that the courts do not comment on appellate division decisions.READ MORE: Subway Rider Shoved Onto Tracks After Fighting Off Attempted Robber, Police Say
A new trial will be scheduled in the Bronx case.MORE NEWS: 'Best Places To Retire': New York City Ranks #32 On New List
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