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Impeach Judge Evelyn LaPorte!

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If junk-justice had a personification, it would be Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Evelyn LaPorte.

The jurist who once said, “There is no better job in the world than that of being a judge,” and I have to interpret and evaluate what is in front of me, be just and at the same time make sure that I keep my community safe,” emerged as a key player in the Dec. 5 fatal shooting of East New York Patrolman Peter Figoski. She released his alleged killer — gun-wielding, drug-dealing career-con Lamont Pride — without bail last month after a drug bust in Coney Island, ignoring Pride’s outstanding arrest warrant in another state for aggravated assault. She even announced defiantly, “I am not going to set bail even though the drugs were [found] pursuant to a search warrant.”

LaPorte’s jurisnonsense is nothing new. She released accused pedophile Rabbi Yehuda Kolko of Midwood on his own recognizance in 2010. The yeshiva teacher copped a plea to avoid jail time, and later violated an order of protection against one of his victims, earning a wrist slap from LaPorte who told him, “Don’t look at them!”

Two years earlier, LaPorte dismissed charges against two men accused of wheeling their dead friend’s corpse down a busy street and trying to cash his Social Security check because prosecutors didn’t know when the man died. She was also the presiding judge when former Bay Ridge democratic district leader and private investigator Ralph Perfetto represented his relative during a preliminary court hearing in 2008, and a nonchalant witness when she testified at Perfetto’s own trial in May for posing unlawfully as an attorney, according to the P.I.

“When questioned about her 17 years in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and her experience with detective investigators signing in as ‘D.I.’, she answered in a cavalier manner, ‘It could mean personal injury’,” Perfetto says.

LaPorte’s ascension to the bench in Brooklyn also raises eyebrows. She was elected in 2004 courtesy of corrupt ex-Assemblyman Clarence Norman, the disgraced chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party now in jail for accepting illegal campaign contributions.

Her delinquency on the job proves why LaPorte should have stuck to her first choice of profession — flying in the sky.">“I didn’t come here to be a lawyer, I came here to be an airline stewardess!” the judge, who moved here from Puerto Rico, informed students visiting her courtroom last year.

An effective judicial system is the cornerstone of America, and a critical barometer for fledgling democracies around the world. It should be upheld by individuals capable of balancing their unmitigated power with the appreciation that comes with being called “Your Honor.”

LaPorte’s noxious power trip has cost four daughters their beloved dad — one of the finest among the Finest who was the antithesis of Lamont Pride, making 200 arrests in his 22-year career and receiving 12 medals, including one for helping to nab the Zodiac killer in the 1990s.

She needs to be disrobed when her term expires in 2014 or impeached by the New York Supreme Court for gross misconduct because law-abiding New Yorkers need her like they need a hole in the head.

Shavana Abruzzo's column appears every Friday on She can be reached at

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AdrianLesher from Prospect Lefferts-Gardens says:
You are a disgrace to the journalistic profession. Your "reporting" fails to note that North Carolina didn't think that the supposed aggravated assault case was strong enough to merit extradition.

Your "reporting" fails to note that the prosecutors in the Manhattan case with the dead body stated they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, leaving the judge no choice but to dismiss.

Evelyn Laporte is an independent jurist with a strong sense of justice. A former prosecutor, she is supported by her former employer, Charles Hynes.

The article you cite about the Perfetto case indicates nothing about Judge Laporte's "non-chalance," another example of your bad faith sourcing. Of course, Judge Laporte is not responsible for someone fraudulently holding himself out as a lawyer at arraignment, something you also attempt to imply.

When Clarence Norman was head of the Kings County Democratic Party, almost every judge who ran for election in Brooklyn was approved by his office. Evelyn Laporte was recommended for the position because she was a zealous domestic violence prosecutor. You of course knew this fact (and I'm sure there are other judges chosen approved by Clarence Norman that you like whom you wouldn't similarly defame).

When Judge Laporte speaks of originally wanting to be an airline stewardess, she is talking in the context of telling young people that they can achieve greater dreams in life than they might think possible. Of course, even this you attempt to turn against her.

I also think you should take a look at a dictionary to see what "disrobed" means.

Right-wing know-nothings like you want judges who are simply puppets of the police and prosecutors. Fortunately some still have respect for the concept of separation of powers in this country.
Dec. 23, 2011, 9:42 am
Joe from Breezy Point says:
To list all the mistakes in this article would be to voluminous.
Only the leagislature can impeach a Judge. Not other Judges.
The prosecutor in DA's office did not have paperwork on guy. The Brooklyn DA's office had over 10,000 cases dismissed last year because prosecutors were slackers hoping some schmoe takes a plea. The real criminals know they can walk.
Dec. 24, 2011, 3:30 am
Joan M. from Old Mill Basin says:
To Adrian Lesher: What a mean-spirited person you are, Adrian. May I suggest you spend your time reading the NY Times or other left-wing newspapers instead of getting hot under the collar reading Shavana Abruzzo's column, if it so disturbs you. Your emotionally explosive personality surely showed itself as you banged on your computer keys writing your comments re Ms. Abruzzo's honest investigative exposure of LaPorte's shortcomings. Adrian, heed my words: Being bitter only pickles the one that stews in the brine. Go quietly, Adrian. I, too, would like to see LaPorte disrobed, disbarred, dishonored, disarmed of judical power, and displaced--for she is disloyal to all those who stand for justice.
Jan. 3, 2012, 1:51 pm
rich from bay ridge says:
This judge should absolutely have been more thorough. No bail for this man is tantamount to committing the crime itself.
March 12, 2014, 1:59 pm
Xxxxx from Brooklyn says:
I was there. She wanted to leave the courthouse early so she would not wait for NC to call back about the out of state warrant. She released him.
Dec. 24, 2016, 3:31 am

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