WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — A town justice in upstate New York who bragged to colleagues about pulling a loaded gun on a “large Black man” in court should be removed from office, the state's judicial conduct commission determined.

Robert J. Putorti, 52, a non-attorney who is a justice in the town of Whitehall northeast of Albany, was presiding in a criminal case in 2015 when he brandished a semiautomatic handgun at a defendant, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct said in a decision released Thursday.

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