Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Jill Epstein keeps making the news for all the wrong reasons — first for her horrendous grammar and spelling, and now for allegedly storming into a Brooklyn school and calling a teacher a “b*tch” after a road rage incident over a double-parked car.
Epstein made the New York Post when she submitted an application for a higher-paying judgeship that was riddled with spelling and grammar errors. In the June 24 cover letter that accompanied the embarrassing app, Epstein bragged that she was once the civil court’s supervising judge.
What she didn’t tell the Democratic district leaders, The Post now reports, is that she was demoted from that position after she couldn’t pass a double-parked car in front of PS 261.
Congratulations to Judge Jill Epstein as she celebrates her induction as a Civil Court Judge. Jill has worked in the court system for many years, and she has proven that she will be a formidable force on the bench. ⚖️ pic.twitter.com/QbDSkv1nfV
— Chaim Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) January 6, 2019
The incident reportedly occurred in March, and according to multiple Post sources, the 63-year-old jurist tried to use her position to get what she wanted.
“Epstein allegedly stormed into the school to announce that she was a judge and that the illegally parked car needed to be moved immediately — because she was in danger of being late for work,” The Post reports.
Said one source, “She said she was a judge, and she would take care of this.”
The owner of the car was a teacher who heard the news of the need to move the vehicle over the school’s public address system.
School staffers claim Epstein confronted the teacher outside and, in the presence of shocked parents, called her a “b*tch.”
One Brooklyn district leader said, “This sure sounds like an abuse of power, and it’s wildly inappropriate.”
“I can almost overlook her spelling and grammar issues,” the leader said, “but when you use your position for scare tactics — that’s concerning.”
Officials from the school went to the state’s Office of Court Administration to complain about the judge’s behavior, and according to court sources, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks relieved Epstein of her supervisory title.
Epstein began earning a $192,200 salary in 2019 as a civil court judge, The Post reports.
— David Schwartz (@DavidSchwartz48) January 7, 2019
She was considered a favorite for a vacant Brooklyn Supreme Court judgeship which would have bumped her annual salary up to $210,900.
“New York City judicial races are typically decided by party leaders at conventions — not by voters,” explains The Post. “Democratic nominees for judgeships in Brooklyn and most other parts of the city usually run unopposed, in part because Republicans are vastly outnumbered and don’t bother to challenge.”
On her application, Epstein, whose job it is to write legal opinions, boasted that she once served as a “Prinvipal [sic] Law Clerk” and was currently employed as a “Civil Corut [sic] Judge.”
While he didn’t name the applicant, Brooklyn Democratic district leader Douglas Schneider posted on July 5 a portion of Epstein’s application.
“This might be the worst letter I have ever received from a judicial candidate,” he stated. “And this person is actually a leading candidate!”
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