ust what the Town of Sweden doesn’t need is another corruption scandal. But they’ve got it.
Today, the New York State Committee on Open Government issued an advisory opinion that the Sweden Town Court must by law release a copy of the audiotape made during an arraignment in Sweden Town Court on November 22, 2011.
There are allegations that Sweden Town Justice Carl Coapman was intoxicated while presiding over that court hearing.
Since the Sweden Town Court has refused to release any information about what happened that night, there seems to be a cover up going on here.
In her advisory opinion, Camille S. Jobin-Davis, Assistant Director of the State of New York, Department of State, Committee on Open Government states:
“In this instance, pertinent is §2019-a of the Uniform Justice Court Act, which states in relevant part that “[t]he records and dockets of the court except as otherwise provided by law shall be at reasonable times open for inspection to the public….” Therefore, unless there is a provision of law that authorizes or requires a justice court to withhold records, or the records have been sealed, in our opinion, the records in possession of a justice court are accessible to the public.”
The wheels of justice are turning slowly but surely towards exposing the attempt to cover up wrongdoing in the Sweden Town Court.
The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.
On May 29, 2012, an anonymous tip to Examiner.com indicated that Sweden Town Justice Carl Coapman’s conduct in court was totally inappropriate on two different occasions during the past year.
According to the tip, Justice Carl Coapman was visibly intoxicated during an arraignment in Sweden Town Court on November 22, 2011 and that his speech was slurred during the court proceedings.