Manchester Town Justice Edwin Williams censured
A state disciplinary agency has censured a town justice in Ontario County over his handling of two eviction cases.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct said Friday that Manchester Town Court Justice Edwin R. Williams failed to properly hear defenses from tenants or to properly review documents involved in summary eviction proceedings, which he heard in 2012 and 2013.
Williams agreed to the censure.
His attorney, John Tyo, said Friday that Williams has been a town justice since 1971 and has no other disciplinary history. Williams appeared to have properly handled 20 other eviction proceedings in the same period, according to the commission’s determination, which described his missteps as “isolated.”