2 judges resign after pleading guilty to felonies of attempted underwear theft and tax evasion

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A New York judge who pleaded guilty in an attempted panty theft last year has resigned from the bench, as has another New York judge accused of failing to file tax returns for 10 years.

Both judges were suspended without pay after they pleaded guilty to felonies last year, according to a press release. They have agreed to never again seek judicial office.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct had authorized formal disciplinary charges against both judges March 12. Their resignations have freed their communities to replace them.

One of the judges, Robert Cicale of Suffolk County, pleaded guilty in September 2019 to second-degree attempted burglary for trying to steal the underwear of an intern who worked for him when he was a town attorney.

Police said they found Cicale on the street carrying several pairs of the woman’s soiled underwear. The New York Post and Newsday have coverage of Cicale’s resignation.

Cicale has also been disbarred.

The other judge, Marc Seedorf of Westchester County, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in December 2019 after he was accused of failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2015.

The Rockland/Westchester Journal News has coverage of Seedorf’s resignation.

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