Help debench crooked NY's Judge Paul Czajka aka "Judge Dread"
With 5 minutes of your time
He could be the worst judge in the state. At least that's what some people
in Columbia County are saying about Paul Czajka, a local jurist under fire for
allegedly making outrageous rulings, including giving custody to an abusive
mom who "circumcised" her boy with a lit cigarette.
The boy's father and at least six other litigants filed complaints
about Czajka to the state's court watchdog, casting him as a vindictive
tyrant who's sided with bad parents to favor lawyers he once worked with
when he was the district attorney or in private practice.
The judge also has been hit with a federal civil suit in Manhattan by
Wall Street financial consultant John Chase, who claims Czajka ruled for
his ex-wife Kristin despite her facing bank fraud charges.
"He's the most complained-about judge we've ever seen," said George
Courtney, who heads the Columbia County chapter of the statewide Fathers'
Rights Association. But it's not just men he's outraged.
Three complaints are by women, including Michelle Mayer, a battered
wife and mother of four who says Czajka illegally removed her kids because
she exposed them to beatings she suffered by her ex-husband, though he
was arrested when she called the cops.
But no action has been taken against Czajka (pronounced ch-EYE-kah),
50, a politically connected Republican who narrowly won re-election to a
10-year term despite being ripped by one of the most respected lawyers
in the state.
Complaints to the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct allege:
* The judge failed to protect a 13-year-old boy who's allegedly endured
years of abuse, including the nightmarish circumcision, a scalding with
hot water on his side and broken ribs.
The boy also accidentally severed his fingertips when his mother
allowed him to play with a chainsaw, according to a complaint by the father,
carpenter John Calkins, 32, who's been battling for custody of the kid.
Calkins claims the mother once informed him that her family knew the
* Czajka has in two cases jailed fathers in custody fights, one who
served time for violating a court order by discussing custody with his
wife after an accident in which she got drunk and smashed into a telephone
pole, injuring one of her daughters.
* Czajka engaged in a "vendetta" against another father, plumbing
contractor George Ihlenburg, who did work at the judge's home and believes
he was targeted because Czajka wasn't happy with the job, his complaint
* Czajka railroaded an elderly husband, Herbert Stickles, 69, into a
sex-abuse conviction after false charges were brought against the man, by
allowing his lawyer to not present a defense, according to his wife,
She claims the case was retribution for her suing the county after
being sickened by the social-services building where she worked in Hudson,
an office put up over an old oil-storage facility.
A court observer, John Dunne, said of the jurist: "The criticism is
he's often insensitive to the needs of women and children."
Dunne is the former head of the state senate's judiciary committee and
now part of a blue-ribbon panel to restore public confidence in how New
York judges are elected.
He served as a juror in a case before Czajka — though it wasn't a
family matter — and told The Post he came away with an "unfavorable" opinion
of him, though he wouldn't elaborate.
So Dunne crossed party lines to back challenger Pam Joern, who slammed
Czajka — who handles criminal, family and surrogate cases — claiming
he's too quick to remove kids from their parents.
Figures show that rural Columbia County has the highest number of
children in foster care per capita in the state: 4 per 1,000 — the statewide
average is 2.5.
"The problem is he's an attractive man and kind of charming, but he
gets on the bench and he's destructive," said Joern, a 54-year-old lawyer.
"He's an arrogant, narcissistic, nasty person. He's got a huge chip on
Said Philip Mann, an advocate who encouraged the litigants to tell
their stories, "Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Gov. Pataki were both sent
these complaints, and I believe it was their acquiescence that empowered
The CJC has never publicly censured Czajka and dismissed the Mayer and
Czajka, saying ethics prevented him from discussing cases, said, "There
has never been a case before me where a parent has alleged to have
burned a child's penis."
Please take 5 minutes to help debench Judge Czajka!
The heat is on folks. Now is the time to combine our collective voices
and eliminate fraudulent judges, one at a time, starting with Judge
In addition to the examples stated above, Battle Cry Of Innocence’s
Keith Collazo has also been a victim of this same corrupt judge.
Twenty-year-old Keith dared to defy this egomaniacal judge’s offer of a plea
agreement of three years, preferring to bring proof of his innocence to
trial. The victim himself stated that Keith did not have possession of
a gun nor discharge any weapons. The confessed perpetrator admitted he
discharged the gun (no one was even injured) and he also stated that
Keith was not involved in the crime. The perpetrator accepted a plea
agreement of five years. Keith Collazo is now serving a 50-year sentence!
Had this innocent man given into Judge Czakja’s twisted agenda he would
have been released by now. As it stands, Keith could very easily be a
Great- Grandfather by the time he is released…….and all because he had
the misfortune of going up against “Judge Dread,” who by the way was
called in from an outside county (Columbia) to preside over Keith’s
trial. PLEASE, I urge you to do two things:
1. Sign the petition to have Judge Czakja removed
2. Call Chief Judge Judith Kaye @ 212-661-6787 and ask
her what she plans to do about Judge Paul Czajka. Or you can fax your
concerns to her at: 212-682-6787.
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Battle Cry Of Innocence Director
"The worst thing we have done is not the sum of who we are."
Sr. Helen Prejean