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Central NY justice to resign over hassling teen



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a town justice in central New York has agreed to resign after complaints he shouted profanities and took a bicycle from a teenage boy riding in his neighborhood.
The state Commission on Judicial Conduct also says 54-year-old Sullivan justice James Roman damaged the bicycle and told a local landlord he should evict the 15-year-old boy's family.
The commission filed a complaint against Roman last year based on the August 2011 encounter, which happened after Roman said money had been stolen from a farm stand he operated.
Roman admitted most of the allegations in his response and has agreed to resign on July 3.
The commission found he failed to uphold the integrity, dignity and independence of the judiciary.
Sullivan is in Madison County, 15 miles east of Syracuse.


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