It has been reported that Judge Naita Semaj, who presides over criminal cases in the 12th Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court in Bronx County, may soon be removed from her position. This is because an investigation is underway into allegations of mistreatment in her courtroom. In addition, Judge Semaj has received criticism for releasing a person who was accused of killing a 15-year-old boy from jail.
According to sources who spoke to the New York Post, Judge Semaj is expected to be moved to preside over civil cases in the coming week. Semaj, who was elected for a 14-year term in late 2021, is currently being investigated for alleged abusive behavior in her courtroom. In addition, she has received criticism for releasing Tyresse Minter, a 28-year-old man accused of strangling his stepchild, Corde Scott, who was 15 years old, from jail without requiring bail.
The case gained enough attention that Governor Kathy Hochul (a Democrat) intervened and made sure that Minter was put back in jail before his trial. However, this week, Judge David Lewis of Bronx County Court ordered Minter’s release from custody.
Karen Glenn, the mother of Corde Scott, told the New York Post that she was relieved to hear that Judge Naita Semaj would no longer be handling criminal cases. She said, “I have faith in the justice system. With this change, families and victims can finally be accorded the dignity they deserve. This is not an isolated incident of her questionable actions, as evidenced by my son’s case.”