SPINNER, JR. - NEW HAMPSHIRE - December 31, 2005 - Judge dosed at trial.
A special panel of the Judicial Conduct Committee will meet next week to
consider a complaint filed against Rockingham Superior Court Judge Patricia
Coffey alleging that Coffey dozed through portions of a sexual assault
trial in June before sentencing the defendant to 23 to 46 years in prison.
Dover resident Melissa Spinner filed the complaint Oct. 5, less than a
week after Coffey sentenced her husband, Donald Spinner Jr., to prison
after a jury found Spinner guilty of six counts of aggravated felonious
sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault.