The villagers are restless in Saratoga Springs and are rallying against their Justice Court Judge Friday.---
Judge Keith Stoney was featured in a story last week for sentencing a woman in court to jail for 24 hours for allegedly recording in the court room. Stoney’s rationale was that the court strictly forbid recording, even though the sign outside the courtroom only said “no cell phones” and offered no warnings about recording.
The woman, Elaine Damron, is the mother of Ryan Peltekian who was in court over a loose-dog charge and whose father, Edward Peltekian, has alleged that Stoney and the city prosecutor Lindsay Jarvis have abused their power in trying to force a guilty plea out of the family. Now they’re organizing a rally outside the Saratoga Springs city hall as a kickoff to their “Vote NO on Stoney” campaign.
“Judge Stoney is not fit to be a judge and his court is largely unaccountable,” reads the press release citing Stoney’s “usurpations” as including “violations of constitutional rights, making good citizens into criminals, making false statements in court, abusing his power and having a vicious and evil demeanor.”
The rally is to be held tomorrow, Friday Sept. 10, 3-7 p.m. at the intersection of Redwood Road and Main Street in Saratoga Springs.