The unexplained means something different to me than, say, the people at the History Channel. How they manage to maintain that moniker while airing shows like Ghosthunters is anyone’s guess. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spooky campfire stories as much as the next guy, but if you tell me you saw Sasquatch, I’ll probably write it off as a drunk dude in a ghillie suit. I’m talking about the unexplained of a different nature, like how a public servant manages to be so out of touch as to provoke others to create a website that lets everyone else know just how much they hate him. Let me introduce you to New York State Judge, Vincent Sgueglia, IGOTD, Negligent Discharge category . . .
The Honorable Judge Sgueglia (don’t ask me to pronounce it… no, wait. The phonetic pronunciation – from the article – is “SQUEEL-ee-uh”. Really.) Anyway, the judge was censured this week by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. And they only took two years to come to this momentous conclusion. His offense(s): clearing his chamber in his chambers and some, um, paperwork irregularities.
Turns out His Honor isn’t all that honorable. When he wanted a gun, he approved his own pistol license. As well as all the subsequent amendments thereto. The State Commission decided it was “inappropriate to take judicial action on his own pistol permit application and that he should have consulted with court officials to arrange for another judge to handle the matter.”
Judge Squeeleeuh began packing heat about ten years ago because he felt threatened while campaigning for re-election. Wonder why. Details of threats made against him (if you have the time…it’s a long list) are available, though, and over the last decade, he’s compiled quite an arsenal in a state where concealed carry licenses are few and far between.
Over time, he’s added fourteen more firearms to his collection through additional amendments to that self-approved license. Keep in mind, a New York pistol license requires listing the vitals of each handgun you own. Wanna buy a new gun? You’ll have to jump through the hoops all over again and get it added to your chit.
But that little indiscretion may never have come to light if the Hizzoner hadn’t also been an aspiring gunsmith. It looks like his wheel gun may have developed a timing problem back in 2010. Fortunately, Squeglia had a little spare time in his chambers between cases to work on the problem. The bad news: he failed the standard revolver owner’s IQ test and went to work on the gun while it was loaded, which explains why there’s now a hole in his office well.
The commission said that on the morning he took the faulty Smith & Wesson to his office, he believed it was not loaded when he started working on it. Even so, “as a standard protocol, he pointed it in a safe direction at a concrete wall,” the commission said.
The commission said Owego has an ordinance that prohibits anyone from firing a gun in the village except when on official duty, in self-defense or during target practice at an indoor range. None of those exceptions applied, but the commission noted that the judge “did not receive a summons or ticket for violating the local ordinance.”
Gaming the system for your own benefit is unforgivable, Yer Honor, but that’s not really what we’re here for. It’s that ND that has us pounding our gavel so forcefully. We’re glad you followed at least one of the Four Rules, (even if we’re cynical enough to think that was just a happy accident) pointing that revolver at the wall before “working on it.” But checking for rounds in the chamber – even when you’re in your own chambers – is always job one before going to work on your gat. So enjoy your IGOTD trophy, Judge Squeglia because that title is a life sentence.