Judge Takes His Life After Home Is Raided

Judge Takes His Life After Home Is Raided

(AbsoluteNews.com) – On Tuesday, April 5, New York Supreme Court Judge John Michalski took his own life at his home. The judge’s suicide came a month after investigators raided his residence.

According to the New York Times, someone found Michalski’s body inside of his suburban Buffalo home shortly before noon. Police have not released any other details about his death.

On March 24, federal and state investigators raided the judge’s home to reportedly find evidence of tax crimes. After the raid, his cases were reassigned to other judges pending the outcome of the investigation. Although he had not been charged with a crime, detectives were allegedly looking into his decades-long friendship with Peter Gerace Jr., the owner of a Cheektowaga strip club.

In February of last year, Gerace was charged in a court in Florida with multiple federal crimes, including sex trafficking and bribery. The same day, Michalski was hit by a slow-moving freight train in Depew, causing serious injuries to his leg. Authorities believe it was a suicide attempt. Days later, federal agents questioned the judge about his connections to Gerace.

Defense Attorney Terrence Connors, a longtime friend of the judge, told the Buffalo News  Michalski was “a good guy” whose legal problems seemed “manageable.” “This just didn’t have to happen,” he told the newspaper. Michalski is survived by his wife and four kids.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please dial the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to the website here.

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