A New York
State commission has disciplined a small-town judge for issuing
extra-heavy fines on truckdrivers. The judge reportedly wanted
truckers to stay out of his town.
Commission on Judicial Conduct censured Pavilion Town Justice
Lawrence Reid in Genesse County for fining truckers more than
the state maximum, according to a published report. The reprimand
followed an article Reid wrote in a town newsletter. It read,
in part: "The fines of truckers in Pavilion have increased
dramatically and will continue to increase until such time as
the truckers realize that the savings of $40 may not be worth
the gamble of a trip through Pavilion."
stated he fined truckers $50 to $70 more than the state maximum
for speeding to discourage them from using routes 63 and 19.
Reid said he was trying to protect the safety of residents.
- or public condemnation - is the second-most severe admonishment
for a judge. Removal is the greatest sanction the commission