A longtime Ontario Town Court judge passed away days after resigning, due to allegations of racist remarks and threats against a town employee.
Paul Sucher was accused of ‘repeatedly’ making statements opposing interracial marriage, and using a racial epithet. The target those remarks was apparently a Black town employee who was dating a family member of Sucher.
Lawyers maintained that he did not make the remarks or threats, but agreed to resignation due to declining health.
Sucher became a town justice in Ontario more than 12 years ago – back in 2008. The 77-year-old served in that role until October.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct ultimately decided on forcing resignation in early-October. That process was finalized by the end of the month.
Attorney Christopher Schiano told the D&C that Sucher would have fought the allegation to the end, if not for his declining health. Sucher worked as a state trooper. He was also a member of the Ontario Fire Department.
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