Judge’s Transfer Could Be Due to Facebook Addiction

Judge’s Transfer Could Be Due to Facebook Addiction

An outspoken Criminal Court judge is being transferred from State Island to a position in Manhattan, and the transfer could be due to his apparent Facebook addiction.

According to David Bookstaver, a spokesman with the city Office of Court Administration, Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr., a 41-year-old Staten Island resident, will be replaced by Judge Desmond Green.

John M. Annese of SILive.com writes that Bookstaver declined to comment on the reason for Sciarrino’s transfer, but that several court insiders, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, described several "issues" that had arisen concerning Sciarrino’s alleged behavior on and off the bench, including his activities on social networking sites.

Sciarrino, who was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, served as a Criminal Court judge for two years in Brooklyn before moving to Targee Street in 2007 to preside primarily over misdemeanor cases.

For several months, Sciarrino’s Facebook.com page was public, so anyone could see photographs of his children and at times, details of his location and schedule. He would update his Facebook “status” while sitting on the bench and once, according to sources, took a photo of his crowded courtroom and uploaded it to his Facebook page. One source said the photo was removed immediately.

"It’s all childish. I don’t think it was meant to harm anybody. The man was on Facebook 24 hours a day. If you were on Facebook, you saw what he was doing all the time," a source said.

Sciarrino’s profile is currently set to private.

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