Jailed Jesters: Retired New York Judge Sentenced for Transporting Prostitutes Across State Lines

tills180px-Stanczyk_Matejko-1Retired State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills, 74, has been sentenced today to 18 months in prison for transporting prostitutes across state lines. Tills reportedly was arrested as part of a probe into the weekends jaunts of the Royal Order of Jesters. Other “jesters” sentenced with Tills were John Trowbridge, 62, a former Lockport Police captain, and Michael Stebick, 61, Tills’ former law clerk.

U.S District Judge William M. Skretny referred to the name of one of the women name Coco, an documented immigrant, who appeared before Tills and was later recruited by him as a prostitute. Judge Skretny observed “Coco is a real victim in this case, and regretably, she’s not the only one.”

Tills responded with contrition: “I will never forgive myself for the possible harm I’ve caused to the victims in this case. “I’m embarrassed, and I feel terrible about the shame I’ve brought to the bench and the bar.”

Tills admitted that he recruited prostitutes for Jesters weekend parties known as “books.” The national organization insists that this branch was an aberration. The Order of the Jesters is a division of the Freemasons and has 191 chapters with 22,000 members, mostly in the United States.

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11 thoughts on “Jailed Jesters: Retired New York Judge Sentenced for Transporting Prostitutes Across State Lines

  1. NY Sct Judge and a Prostitute! Coincidence or Similarity hard to tell the difference here.

    Now the Order of the Jesters,

    The Royal Order of Jesters Creed

    Laugh and the glad world laughs with you,
    Weep and the sad World will sigh!
    Mirth is our Life’s true Elixir;
    It show you’re a “Regular Guy!”
    There’s nothing so banishes worry,
    nor puts such a big crimp in sin;
    Nor smooths out the wrinkles of trouble,
    Like a jolly old Jesterman’s grin!
    It rolls off the years from your shoulders,
    You’ll forget that you’ve grown to be men!
    Your youth turns once again to embrace you,
    For you’ve grown to be schoolboys again!
    So, if you’ve got grouches, don’t bring ’em,
    It’s you laugh and your joke that we need;
    For Mirth is the Doctor of Trouble,
    And Laughter the Jesterman’s Creed.

  2. “Retired State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills, 74, has been sentenced today to 18 months in prison for transporting prostitutes across state lines.”

    *************

    Yeah, that’s a riot! Hardy-har-har.

  3. Maybe Mike S has some insight (if he’s currently up to it)into why men feel the need to gather and engage in reckless activities, all for some macho notion of camaraderie. I must admit it is a seductive notion as evidenced by the instinctive appeal of the Ketel 1 commercials.

  4. mespo727272:

    men are not usually gregarious in that way. Boys like the type of “camaraderie” as depicted on that commercial.

    I am pretty sure, based on your musings, a “boys” night out for you would be a good cigar, wine or similar drink and good conversation about politics, law, literature, philosophy or economics.

    I will also guess there are not many of similar constitution.

  5. IS:

    “I am pretty sure, based on your musings, a “boys” night out for you would be a good cigar, wine or similar drink and good conversation about politics, law, literature, philosophy or economics.”

    ***********

    Damn you IS! Apparently, I am that transparent as I sip my Dewars reading your post. I will talk football if asked.

  6. Okay, I had to Google Dewars…

    As a non-drinker and non-toker I get lost on some of these recent threads. Yes, I know, if I drank fine Scotch or smoked the wildwood weed I might be less lost in some regards.

  7. FFLeo:

    “Yes, I know, if I drank fine Scotch or smoked the wildwood weed I might be less lost in some regards”

    *********

    My point exactly.

  8. Mespo727272:

    call it a gift, I am the master of the obvious.

    I would have thought you to be a single malt kind of guy.

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