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Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes

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Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes
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Current Court Information:
Bronx County Supreme Court, New York
Position:   Justice
Service:
Active:   2005 - 2018
Past position:   Judge New York City Civil Court
Past term:   1997 - 2004
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Fordham University
Law School:   Temple Law School



Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes is a justice of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Civil Term in the 12th Judicial District of New York. She was elected to this position in 2005 and her current term ends in 2018.[1][2]

Education

Brigantti-Hughes received her B.A. degree from Fordham University and her J.D. degree from Temple Law School.[1]

Career

In the news

Judge censured for having staff run errands and participate in religious activities

The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct filed a formal charge against Brigantti-Hughes on June 13, 2013. The judge was accused of using her court employees to perform personal services such as picking up her child from school and asking employees to babysit at her home or the court. In addition, she had her office secretary drive her to New Jersey to go shopping and to get her hair done during the workday. Brigantti-Hughes also had her court attorney drive her to a Home Depot during the workday to buy gardening supplies and help her repot plants for a church event.[3] Between 2006 and 2011, the judge asked her employees at the court to assist her with various activities that were not related to work at the court less than five times a year.[4]

Brigantti-Hughes also invited or asked court employees to participate in religious activities, including prayer sessions in her chambers during the workday and attending religious events after work. Though Brigantti-Hughes received permission to hold prayer sessions and a Bible study during lunch hours, she still invited others to pray throughout the day. She agreed with the commission that her employees might have felt obligated to attend because she was their boss.[4][5]

The commission issued a determination in the matter on December 17, 2013, although it was not made public by the commission until January 9, 2014. Brigantti-Hughes was censured for her misconduct.[6] In a statement, the commission’s administrator, Robert Tembeckjian, indicated

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

. . .Brigantti-Hughes accepted responsibility for her actions and stopped the questionable conduct.[7]
The judge agreed that just as she should be able to freely exercise her rights to religious freedom, her employees should also be able to do the same.[7]

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