Ahead of today’s episode of parent-advised “Judges Gone Wild,” we begin with the usual disclaimer: Not all Massachusetts judges are corrupt and/or sleazy, it’s just that 98% of them give the level 2% such a bad name.
Come on, extinct jurist Paul M. Sushchyk, the reprobate probate court judge of (where else?) Worcester County.
The state’s highest court ruled this week that the $184,694-a-year judge seized the rear of a $128,043-a-year “field coordinator” at a Cape Cod bar.
This happened in April 2019. The judge was relieved of his duties soon after, but until last week he was still receiving his full salary – paid vacation for almost three years, in other words. terms.
Of course, since the panic began two years ago, most members of the judiciary have also been on more or less permanent sabbaticals from… work. It’s a public health issue, you know.
Follow the science.
But even if there hadn’t been a two-year system-wide vacation, Sushchyk probably still would have had his all-expenses-paid nap. That’s how it works in Massachusetts – if you’re a hack judge, you can even be charged with crimes and still get paid.
Just ask District Court Judge Shelley Joseph, a former Democratic State Committee member. She was charged with a federal criminal rap in 2019 for letting an illegal immigrant Dominican drug dealer escape his courtroom through a backdoor because… professional courtesy.
Like Sushchyk, the corrupt Joseph was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
According to public records, Sushchyk’s rowdy behavior occurred at the swanky Ocean’s Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster during a court “conference”, that is, yet another all-expenses-paid leave in a four star hotel. during the working week.
The judge and his victim were at Bayzo’s Pub after dinner. The woman was seated with three of her female colleagues. According to state payroll records, one earns $141,013 a year, another $133,214, and the third has since retired with a pension of $87,109, while still being paid. by the hackerama on a daily basis, raising $12,775 so far this year.
I mention all that money just to show the class-leisure nature of the evening. It wasn’t a biker bar in Hudson.
The victim was at a high table, seated on a raised stool. While the judge was in shock, well, as the woman texted her sister moments later, “OMG. I think one of the judges grabbed my ass on purpose.
She later explained, “The take lasted a few seconds and felt like it was done full hand.”
One of the witnesses said the judge then took out a silver flask and drank a belt of whiskey. The judge denied he was carrying a foreign load – he only had a drink, a Jameson and water.
The next day, the victim continued with another text message, repeating that the judge “touched my buttocks. Kinda thought maybe it was a mistake until today he spent the day fidgeting uncomfortably around me.
Sushchyk gave his first account on May 20, 2019:
“I was somewhat unsteady on my feet, feeling the effects of past hip replacement surgery, the long day (I had driven to Brewster that morning from Sterling), the evening meal and the booze consumed…As I started to pass (redacted), to stabilize myself, I placed my hand in the direction of his chair and momentarily made contact with part of his lower body…”
In that interview, Sushchyk said he “had a serious medical condition, which required surgery five years before and (said) it was embarrassing, but one of the side effects of the surgery was that he had no sexual drive”.
So, the judge at first just cut the sensation, but later changed his story. It’s a bad image, even if you’re a Massachusetts judge, from whom you expect next to nothing in terms of honesty and integrity.
Sushchyk is now 66 years old. He was aiming for early retirement as early as 2005, when he gave the then-governor $500. Mitt Romney. When Willard decided not to seek re-election, Sushchyk began to deal with his potential successor, Lieutenant Governor Kerry “Muffy” Healey.
He gave $500 to Muffy in November 2005, then $150 to her running mate, Reed Hillman, just before the 2006 election.
After the Republicans lost, the budding judge effortlessly switched to contributing Democrats who could make him a millionaire — $50 to Lt. Governor Tim “Crash” Murray, a Worcester colleague, in 2012.
Then the Republicans came back and Sushchyk came back to the party now handing out free money in the form of hack judges.
In February 2016, according to state campaign finance records, the future judge handed $500 to Gov. Charlie Baker and an additional $500 to his neighbor and colleague, Lt. Gov. Karyn “Pay to Play” Polito.
In January 2018, that modest $1,000 investment paid off more than a lottery hit. He has been nominated for early retirement!
In his official press release, Baker announced that “I am confident that his demeanor and work ethic will serve the court well.”
Except when it’s overused, apparently.
Polito added, “Paul Sushchyk has dedicated his career to helping others.”
Especially the politicians who could appoint him to a lifetime vacation of $184,000 a year, without heaviness, as a judge.
So now, after his almost three years of all-expenses-paid vacation, Sushchyk is finally kicked out of unemployment, suspended without pay.
But something will work out – count on it. He’s already laid the groundwork for his “disability”, and as a former cop (NH State Police, Sterling PD), I see other options open to him. Think PTSD.
If all else fails, he can throw himself at the governor’s mercy and seek one of those bogus judicial retreats that must be approved by the Governor’s Council.
I can hear the hacking judge’s speech to Charlie now:
“Governor, anyone can be accused of groping a woman after a few drinks… Just ask your son.”