Traffic court judge completes court-ordered anger management course
Though online anger management courses are often associated with individuals charged with violent acts, the truth is that most people stand to benefit from these programs – even those on the other side of the judicial bench. A perfect example of this is a Staten Island Traffic Judge – Brian Levine – who has been known for his aggressive manner in court and his high conviction rate.
According to The New York Post, Levine was ordered to complete an anger management course in 2011 when a judge found that his inability to handle his aggression was affecting his job performance. The court-ordered anger management course was reportedly in response to complaint filed against Levine in 2009.
Local news outlet SILive.com states that a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) mechanic was called to court for driving a bus on a road where such vehicles are not permitted. The accused reportedly showed Levine a photocopy of his permit to drive on the specified parkway.
The judge rejected the photocopied permit, stating “I don’t trust the MTA” and purportedly proceeded to hurl abuse at the accused and the MTA in general. The arbitrator’s documents obtained by SILive read that the mechanic was “treated abrasively, demeaned and insulted” by Levine throughout the hearing.
Following this incident, Levine was required to complete a 35-hour anger management course in order to keep his rage in check and prevent it from influencing his conduct in court.
As this instance shows, anyone, regardless of their age, background or social stature, may struggle with their anger. If you are concerned that your difficulty handling conflict could be affecting your personal or professional life, consider enrolling in one of our online anger management courses.