December 14, 2012

The penalty of termination imposed on petitioner was excessive in light of all the circumstances


The penalty of termination imposed on petitioner was excessive in light of all the circumstances
Principe v New York City Dept. of Educ., 2012 NY Slip Op 08568, Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeal, Judge Smith dissenting, said that Appellate Division [94 AD3d 43] “correctly determined that the penalty of termination imposed on petitioner was excessive in light of all the circumstances.”

The Appellate Division decided that “Given all of the circumstances, including the educator’s “spotless record as a teacher for five years and his promotion to dean two years prior to the incidents at issue,” the penalty excessive and shocking to [its] sense of fairness, citing the Pell Doctrine [Pell v Board of Educ. Of Union Free School Dist. No. 1 of Towns of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, Westchester County, 34 NY2d 222].

NYPPL's summary of the Appellate Division’s ruling is posted on the Internet at:

The Court of Appeals’ ruling is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2012/2012_08568.htm
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