Accused Judge Ordered To Undergo Evaluations

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The Madrid judge and attorney accused of driving drunk with her triplets in the car and violating the terms of her probationary release was in court Friday, but not on the side of the bench she's used to.

Forty-three year old Anya Tendler was sent to jail without bail following her appearance in St. Lawrence County Court and was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations over the weekend.

Tendler stood with her head down when she answered charges she violated the conditions of her release after she was charged with felony DWI Wednesday night.

She's accused of violating the conditions by buying a bottle of liquor in Ogdensburg the next morning and driving without a license with her five year old children in the car. She had surrendered her license the night before as one of the conditions of her release.

County Judge Jerome Richards said he was "quite concerned" with the latest allegations.

The judge said he wasn't adverse to releasing her again to probation supervision depending on the outcome of the evaluations.

All pending cases before Tendler will be assigned to another judge and she is prohibited from presiding over any new cases.

Tendler's attorney, William Galvin, declined comment.

Meanwhile, the county judge has agreed to appoint a special prosecutor as requested by the district attorney's office.

Tendler admitted in court she originally submitted a letter resigning as town judge at the end of the month, but later withdrew it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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