steven perskie

Retired Superior Court Judge Steven Perskie

TRENTON - A retired Atlantic County Superior Court judge was censured by the state's top court this morning for ethics violations in his handling of a 2005 case.

The state Supreme Court disagreed, however, that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Superior Court Judge Steven Perskie intentionally misled the Senate Judiciary Committee when he was questioned about the case in 2008.

In June, Perskie told the justices that it was a faulty memory and not an attempt to hide how he handled the case, which pitted Atlantic City's Flagship Resort against its fired chief executive officer, Alan Rosefielde.

The court found Perskie should have turned over the case immediately after discovering a potential witness was someone with whom he had a personal and professional relationship. They also found that - after the case finally went to another judge - Perskie should not have shown up in that courtroom to observe the case or talk to any of the participants.

In March, the Advisory Committee recommended Perskie be censured. Monday's censure will be placed on the retired judge's record. No further actions will be taken.