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Worcester town judge admonished for social media behavior

A judge in Otsego County is accused of trespassing in a woman’s home, taking photos and then posting them to social media.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 5:16 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 5:17 PM

A judge in Otsego County is accused of trespassing in a woman’s home, taking photos and then posting them to social media.

According to court documents, in 2015 William Fisher – who serves as a town judge in Worcester – allegedly went into a house that belonged to his wife at the time without permission. The documents state that his wife’s parents had died and she was the executor of their will, so she took ownership of that home. Fisher allegedly went inside and took photos of the house after his wife defaulted on the mortgage.

According to the documents, Fisher allegedly “took photographs to document what he considered to be the poor physical condition of the premises,” and he then posted the photos to his wife’s Facebook account with the comment, “Mom and Alton are turning over in their graves.”

The court documents say this kind of behavior went on for years, event after Fisher allegedly promised in court to remove certain content from his Facebook page. They also state that Fisher believed he could lawfully enter the property to inspect it, because he was the spouse of the person who took over ownership of the home.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished Fisher, and the documents state that Fisher “has acknowledged the impropriety of his conduct and has pledged to be more circumspect in the use of social media in the future.”

Fisher has served as a justice of the Worcester Town Court since 1991, and his current term ends on Dec. 31.

You can read the full court documents here.

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