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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Scandal-plagued Brooklyn Judge Benched

NY POST February 23, 2005

Brooklyn Judge Michael Feinberg was ordered off the bench yesterday by the state's highest court.

The Surrogate Court judge, long accused of rewarding political pals with lucrative court appointments, was suspended by the Court of Appeals.

The judges said the suspension will be in effect pending "disposition of his request for review . . . by the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct."

Feinberg had appointed a lawyer named Louis Rosenthal guardian of estates of several people who died without leaving wills.

The 61-year-old judge is accused of allowing Rosenthal to collect $2 million more from the estates that he was entitled to.

Rosenthal was permited by law to award himself up to 6 percent of an estate, but Feinberg allegedly would allow him to take up to 8 percent.


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