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Hensley Paul M 2012 06 22 DET

Hensley Paul M 2012 06 22 DET

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STATEOFNEWYORKCOMMISSIONONJUDICIALCONDUCTIntheMatteroftheProceedingPursuanttoSection44,subdivision4,oftheJudiciaryLawinRelationto
DETERMINATION
PAULM.HENSLEY,aJudgeoftheDistrictCourt,SuffolkCounty.THECOMMISSION:HonorableThomasA.Klonick,ChairHonorableTerryJaneRuderman,ViceChairHonorableRolandoT.AcostaJosephW.Belluck,Esq.JoelCohen,Esq.RichardD.Emery,Esq.PaulB.Harding,Esq.NinaM.MooreHonorableKarenK.PetersRichardA.Stolon:Esq.APPEARANCES:RobertH.Tembeckjian(PamelaTishman,OfCounsel)fortheCommissionLong,Tuminello,Besso,Seligman,Werner&Sullivan(byDavidH.Besso)fortheRespondentTherespondent,PaulM.Hensley,aJudgeoftheDistrictCourt,SuffolkCounty,wasservedwithaFormalWrittenComplaintdatedOctober26,2010,containing
 
onecharge.TheFormalWrittenComplaintallegedthatrespondentattendedandparticipatedinunlawful,for-profitpokergames.RespondentfiledanamendedAnswerdatedMay16,2011.OnJune5,2012,theAdministrator,respondent'scounselandrespondententeredintoanAgreedStatementofFactspursuanttojudiciaryLaw§44(5),stipulatingthattheCommissionmakeitsdeterminationbasedupontheagreedfacts,recommendingthatrespondentbecensuredandwaivingfurthersubmissionsandoralargument.TheCommissionhadrejectedanearlierAgreedStatement.OnJune14,2012,theCommissionacceptedtheAgreedStatementandmadethefollowingdetermination.1.RespondenthasbeenaJudgeoftheDistrictCourt,SuffolkCounty,since2002.HiscurrenttermexpiresonDecember31,2014.HewasadmittedtothepracticeoflawinNewYorkin1987.2.During2008,respondentwasanannouncedcandidateforthepositionofDistrictCourtJudgeandwasactivelycampaigningforthatposition.3.FromAugust13,2008,toNovember5,2008,respondentattendedand/orparticipatedinnumerousfor-profitpokergamescalled"TexasHold'Em"heldatafacilityownedandoperatedbytheFraternalOrderofEagles("FOE")inNorthport,NewYork.4.RespondentisamemberoftheFOEbuthasneverbeenanofficerorotherwisemanageditsbusinessaffairs.
It
waswellknownamongthemembershipthat2
 
respondentwasajudge.5.FromAugust13,2008,toNovember5,2008,theFOErenteditsfacilityonWednesdayevenings,for$300pertime,toanindividualnamedFrankServidio,whoorganizedandhostedthepokergamesonthoseevenings.Onthenightsthatrespondentattended,cardgameswereusuallytakingplaceatoneortwotables,withadealerateachtableprovidedbythehost.Insuchgames,itisca11ed"rakingthepot"whenthedealertakesmoneyfromtheanteor"pot"forthebenefitofthe"house"orhost/organizer.6.Thereweretournamentgames,inwhichplayerspaidentryfeesof$120,andtheevening'stopthreeorfourwinnerswereawardedprizesrangingfrom$300to$1250,dependingonthenumberofparticipants.Therewerealso"cashgames,"inwhichparticipantsatthetableplayedagainsteachotherforindividualstakes,withaminimumbuy-inof$200.7.TheplayersincludedmembersoftheFOEandtheirguests,orguestsofMr.Servidio,thehost.AmongtheplayersinattendanceononeormoreoccasionswasaSuffolkCountypoliceofficer.8.WhileitisacrimeundertheNewYorkStatePenalLawtoadvanceorprofitfromunlawfulgamblingactivity,andtorun(A)afor-profitgameinwhichthedealer"rakesthepot"forthebenefitofthe"house"or(B)atournamentgamewherealltheentryfeesarenotpaidoutinprizestotheplayers,itisnotunlawfultoattendgamblingevents,ortoparticipateasaplayer.3

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