Hallett Made Homophobic Slurs To Attorney, State Panel SaysPosted: Updated:
A LeRay town justice is resigning under charges he made homophobic slurs to an attorney last year.
Watertown attorney John Hallett's resignation was made public earlier this week.
The state's Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Wednesday morning that Hallett resigned under formal charges he made homophobic and inappropriate remarks and gestures to an attorney.
His resignation is effective December 31.
In a release, the commission said Hallett agreed to never seek judicial office again.
Hallett told 7 News he's "sorry I said the things I said. If I could take it back, I would."
He said it was best for him to resign as justice and continue his work as an attorney to avoid future conflicts.
The commission said Hallett made the offensive comments to the attorney while they were at the Jefferson County Court complex in January 2017 and again about five months later.
Hallett first took to the bench as LeRay town justice in 2003. His current term would have expired at the end of 2019.