Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Buh Bye

Judge Resigns. Good.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- A judge who admitted asking an Arab-American woman if she was a terrorist when she went to court last month to fight a parking ticket has stepped down.

Village Justice William Crosbie, 79, resigned in a letter Monday to the mayor. The incident led the woman to file a complaint with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Anissa Khoder, a Lebanese who has lived in the United States 14 years, said she went to court because she received two tickets within an hour for the same parking violation and believed only one was valid.

Khoder, 46, said Crosbie asked if she was a terrorist, then said "something like, 'You have money to support the terrorists, but you don't want to pay the ticket.'"