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Floyd town justice to resign after investigation into Facebook comments

The Floyd town justice of nearly two decades will soon resign following an investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct into his social media usage.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 11:56 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 1:10 PM

The Floyd town justice of nearly two decades will soon resign following an investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct into his social media usage, the Commission announced today.

Judge Christopher Clarkin has served as town justice in Floyd since 1999, as well as associate justice in Oriskany since 2006 and associate justice in Whitesboro since 2008. His current term in Floyd would have ended Dec. 31, 2019, and his terms in the two villages would have expired March 31, 2019.

According to the Commission, Clarkin was notified last month that the Commission was investigating a complaint that he had made public comments on Facebook criticizing public officials and a state gun regulation law, and that he “conveyed bias in favor of law enforcement and against a political organization, a social activist group and members of a religious group.”

Clarkin’s resignation from the three judicial positions will be effective Dec. 31, 2017. As part of his resignation, Clarkin has also agreed to never seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future.

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