‘It’s Highly Unusual … for a Judge to Brandish a Loaded Weapon In the Courtroom’: Sitting New York Judge Could Lose His Job after Investigation Reveals He Threatened Black Defendant with Gun and Bragged About It

In a rare move, a sitting New York state judge is facing a slew of ethics complaints of misconduct that could cost him his job. Judge Robert Putorti of Whitehall, New York, must explain himself after an investigation revealed he brandished his semi-automatic handgun towards defendant, Brandon Wood, who's Black, during one of this court proceedings in the upstate New York courtroom.