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Troiano, under fire for role in rape case, quits

Rabner announces beleaguered judge has ‘concluded his service’

By David Wildstein, July 17 2019 4:47 pm

Embattled Superior Court Judge James Troiano is no longer on the bench.

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today that Troiano had requested to end his service as a judge, a move that is effectively a resignation.

Troiano has faced severe criticism for refusing to try as an adult a 16-year-old boy accused of raping 16-year-old girl and sending a videotape of the assault to his friends as an adult over worries that that doing so would imperil the alleged rapist’s future.

Legislators, including Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, have called for Troiano’s resignation.

On Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin refused to rule out impeachment proceedings against Troiano and another judge, Marcia Silva.

Silva refused to try a 16-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl as an adult, ruling that the victim suffered no emotional, mental or physical harm past the loss of her virginity.

A state appellate court recently overturned rulings by Troiano and Silva.

Troiano had retired in 2012 but remained on what is known as a recall to temporary judicial service in which judges drawing their pensions can continue to work on a per diem basis.

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