Southern Tier Judge Censured
NEW YORK (WENY) -- A Southern Tier judge was censured for misconduct, after firing a weapon in his chambers, and issuing his own pistol permit.
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured Tioga County judge Vincent Sgueglia after the incidents.
In regards to the pistol permit, the Commission states a judge may not exercise his authority for his own benefit. Sgugelia is the sole licensing officer in the county.
In 2010, the judge was trying to repair his revolver during a break in court proceedings, when it fired in his chamber.
The Commission scolded Sgueglia for "lack of good judgement and notable disregard for the safety of others."
Sguegulia is in his final months as judge, as he's reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, and his term ends at the end of the year. He agreed to the terms of the censure.