Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lawsuit can proceed against state Supreme Court Justice James Tormey

Syracuse, NY - Former Onondaga County Family Court Chief Clerk Bobette Morin’s lawsuit against Fifth Judicial District Supervising Judge James Tormey III can go forward to trial, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Morin filed the lawsuit in May 2007 after losing her chief clerk’s position. She since took a slightly lower-paying attorney-referee’s position in Oswego County.

She claims she was driven from her job by Tormey, former executive assistant John Voninski, Family Court Judge Bryan Hedges and Hedges’ law clerk, William Dowling, because she refused to gather dirt for Tormey on Democratic Family Court Judge David Klim in his unsuccessful bid for state Supreme Court in 2002. Klim died in 2006.

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