Ingrid Braslow's resignation in mid term is shameful. Not just because she let down the voters who elected her to the bench. But also because she chose to quit and to skip town so as to evade justice and not do the honorable thing, namely to use her authority to correct past errors.

The following article's treatment of a corrupt judge's resignation under fire and effective before the next scheduled meeting of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct as some sort of routine early retirement and the "story" of her flight from the jurisdiction as being caused by her sudden longing to be near her estranged children (they don't live in Arizona for heaven's sake) is disgraceful tabloid journalism at best. This child abusing father basher is evading justice as cowards do.

Amy Paulin's profuse support for this corrupt and inhumane anti-fatherhood fanatic shows that sleazy feminocrats help elect sleazy judges.

My guess is that this stupid "interview", is the outcome of a free lunch for the reporter, courtesy of Braslow's PR person.

Photius Coutsoukis

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Westchester Family Court judge announces retirement

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Publication date: 11/27/1999

WHITE PLAINS --Westchester Family Court Judge Ingrid Braslow is stepping down at the end of the year, giving Gov. George Pataki a third opportunity to fill a local Family Court judgeship.

Braslow, 58, is moving to Phoenix to be closer to her three children and two grandchildren in California. She will remain on the bench in White Plains Family Court through the end of the year. Her retirement is effective Feb. 1.

"I wanted to complete my caseload, and this was the right time of the year to make this move," said Braslow, a White Plains resident.

Both Putnam Family Court judgeships were vacated recently. Pataki appointed Carmel Town Justice Robert Miller this week to replace Judge William Braatz. A second vacancy will occur in January, when Judge John Sweeny Jr. moves to the state Supreme Court.

Braslow, a Democrat, has been a Family Court judge since June 1991, when then-Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed her to fill a vacancy. Five months later, she was elected to her own 10-year term.

Braslow's resignation leaves five Family Court judges in Westchester. The timing made it impossible for a special election to fill the judgeship until November 2000. Pataki can now appoint someone to serve in the position until then.

Once the vacancy becomes official, the Governor's Judicial Screening Committee for the region will take applications, interview candidates and make a recommendation, said Kevin Plunkett, a White Plains attorney who chairs the committee.

Braslow said she was pleased with her eight years as a Family Court judge in New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains.

"I bring to every case my undivided attention," she said. "There are very private disputes that are dealt with in Family Court; you're looking into people's personal lives. It requires having an antenna of sensitivity."

She came under fire in 1994 following the death of Anne Scripps Douglas, the newspaper heiress whose husband, Scott, beat her to death in her Bronxville home on Dec. 31, 1993.

Three weeks before the fatal beating, Braslow had issued an order of protection prohibiting Scott Douglas from harassing or assaulting his wife, but she allowed Douglas to remain in the house. The judge said later that she was not aware that Douglas had already hit his wife and threatened her life.

"What happened was terribly unfortunate, but it's very easy to use hindsight," Braslow said. "At the time, you must use what evidence you have before you. Orders of protection are strong. The fault lies not so much in the system but in the abuser."

Amy Paulin, executive director of My Sister's Place, a shelter for battered women, said Braslow had overcome that criticism and gone on to make an impact on domestic violence in the county.

"It's a loss to Westchester," Paulin said. "She ran a professional courtroom and made fair decisions."

Paulin said she hoped a worthy replacement for Braslow was selected quickly so that the backlog of cases in Family Court did not worsen.

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