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Attorney Bruce M. Kaplan of Sagaponack, NY; ethical leprechaun

 
The State of New York provided Bruce Michael Kaplan with a law license in 1965 after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
 
At one time, Bruce sat as a Family Court Judge in New York County. 
 
During his tenure on the bench, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct found Bruce guilty of the following misconduct.
 
Bruce presided over several ex parte applications in a family offense (abuse) proceeding involving Nancy and Joseph. Subsequently, Nancy and Joseph were divorced. Shortly after the divorce, Bruce met Nancy at a party and began an intimate relationship with her. At the time, Nancy and Joseph lived on separate floors of divided duplex apartment in Manhattan. Nancy had custody of the two children and Joseph had visitation rights.
 
Bruce was present when Nancy called police and reported that her daughter, who was at a scheduled visitation with Joseph could be heard yelling in the apartment above. When the police arrived Bruce introduced himself as a family friend who was a Family Court judge. Bruce later coerced Family Welfare Services into sending a counselor to scene to determine if the child should be removed.
 
The Commission ruled that it was highly improper for Bruce to abuse his judicial position to intervene on behalf of his then girlfriend. This was especially true as Bruce went about defaming Joseph by falsely stating he was a proven spousal abuser when such charges by Nancy were found to be untrue.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the enablers for Judicial Misfits sitting on the Judicial Commission punished Bruce by gifting him a complimentary admonition.
 

As we speak (ca. August 2012) Bruce continues to practice law in the Sagaponack, New York area

 
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