Judge accused of playing games during trial

Witness in Gotti conspiracy trial says judge was playing solitaire from the bench, asks her to take herself off the case.

Apparently the testimony of Guardian Angels-founder and radio host Curtis Silwa in the trial of John "Junior" Gotti, the man accused of devising a 1992 attempt on Silwa's life, just wasn't interesting enough for Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin.

According to the New York Daily News, Silwa told the paper he spotted the judge playing a game of Solitaire while he was giving testimony at Gotti's trial last year. The article makes no mention of any other witnesses having seen the judge playing games, and Scheindlin herself didn't return the papers requests for comment.

Silwa has suggested the judge remove herself from the case as a result. In calling for the judge to step down, Silwa referenced a February incident in which New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired a city employee after finding the man playing Solitaire on his computer at work.

"Should a federal judge be playing video solitaire when an employee of the New York City government gets fired for playing video solitaire?" Sliwa told the paper. "I don't think any of us are that good at multitasking. To me that's an abuse and an outrage."

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132 comments
ForlornHope
ForlornHope

lol it is addictive! I can see JT saying that solitaire is responsible for false imprisonment and murderers getting off scot free etc.

capthunt
capthunt

Jack Thomspon: "PC Solitaire is an evil affront for devil worship and occultists everywhere! Videogames are trying to poison the minds of our teens and the splash dameage has spilled over to the federal courts. The very fabric of our society is at stake!" HAHAHAHHAHHAHA nice one Phinster-n-Phinster. Thats hilarious.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

That odd for a judge to do that.

Aggie1295
Aggie1295

The difference between a Federal Judge and a city employee is that the judge is appointed for life. If a Federal Judge wants to play solitare, they will play solitare.

Swampthing
Swampthing

CURTIS SLIWA... not SILWA.... come on, Gamespot!!

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

nullvision You have A point. This is very ironic . Almost everyday, someone claims that videogames end lives. Now when A judge is playing video-solitare, during A trial, something that could cause an innocent person to go to prison. People just laugh it up. It's almost like all of the children who play on XBL have come together. And for what reason? to tell idiotic jokes that would be considered spam on any other message board.

JMattM
JMattM

I saw a report a couple years ago in Dallas where a judge played solitaire while hearing a Capital murder trial. Apprently, it's not all that uncommon. Sad.

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

if you're gonna report on something..please spell the mans name right.. it's Sliwa.... not Silwa...lol.... other than that...what a waste of space for this story.. back to gaming!!

bob_dartagnan
bob_dartagnan

Oh great now the judges are gonna start shooting people in the face! Thompson better watch out! HA!

keldog
keldog

That is a convienient way to get a mis-trial. Hard to prove otherwise, but a resonable request to have a judge step out of the case for not being focused on a mojor case such as this.

assassinX01
assassinX01

the best part about being a federal judge is they cant be fired.

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

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assassinX01
assassinX01

well maybe they should've made the case more interesting. there have been multiple other incidents of judges not paying attention because they feel they can't discern anything useful from the banter, and end up getting bored.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Coolest judge ever or a danger to the justice system? Guess it depends on if you're the plaintiff or the defendant!!

cikame
cikame

she was probably just trying to do something before paying attention, ever have that happen? "dinners ready" "ok let me just finish this level" happened to all of us at one point im sure, just leave him/her alone (shira?)

rwilcox99
rwilcox99

More judges with a sense of entitlement and privilege...nice

jordanj701
jordanj701

WTF?!?!?!?!?!? HOW IS THIS NEWS??!?!?!?!?

squarephreak
squarephreak

I wonder if this judge new the nuclear power plant guard that was caught playing his PSP or whatever. Maybe they can preside over any criminal charges he might face...

ghostpanther
ghostpanther

That is just disturbing if true... think of how many other cases this judge has been NOT paying attention to

digimonkey
digimonkey

Stupid judge. More proof that the American Legal System is inefficient and run by morons, morons who decide what rules we have to abide by and who is dangerous enough to be locked away from the general public, who are also a bunch of morons that wouldnt care at all if the moron who was proceeding over the trial was playing solitaire or not, or if the moron on trial went to prison or was set free. Thanks for letting me vent (not everybody is a moron, just the judge in this case).

lonesn1per
lonesn1per

awwwwwww crap now jack thompson and hilary clinton is gonna jump all over this "solitare incident"! haha maybe this will make it into the next grand theft auto game! "hot coffee solitare" anyone?

SpiderFreak
SpiderFreak

Man. Just think about BAD you would feel if you were giving testimony and the flipping JUDGE was playing Solitare. Wait, I wonder if the Jury was doodling on their notepads? If they were, I'd blame the guy giving testimony... SF

TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

This still does not beat when a Bus driver was playing GTA: LCS on his PSP on full sound, while he was driving the bus.

denawayne
denawayne

Meh - now back to Oblivion, the best game ever made.

videogamr49
videogamr49

LOL, I like looking at the "Featured Game" part. Still, the judge shouldn't have played solitare while working.

scotty74
scotty74

LOL at nullvision... The point of the article was humor... This IS a gaming site anyway...

Brain-Dead360
Brain-Dead360

In two more years they will be playing solitaire over xbox live on a VGA monitor in 1080i. LOL!!!

shizwill03
shizwill03

That must have been one boring trial. LOL!!!

djangosmom2
djangosmom2

Ya gotta love this kind of stuff. LOL.

da_spoony
da_spoony

At least it wasn't GTA LCS NOW THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BOTH FUNNY AND IRONIC LOL!!!!!!!

ewilX
ewilX

"You know what would have been funnier ? If he was caught play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney ." "Lmao she should have been playing phoenix wright.. " "That'd be ironic if she was playing Phoenix Wright..." Indeed!!! xD

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

That'd be ironic if she was playing Phoenix Wright...

Gaara79
Gaara79

Lmao she should have been playing phoenix wright.. And if it was true why didnt he come with it sooner, would you want your client to win if your a lawyer? Oh no I'm just gonna wait till next year then tell it to the press...