Jan. 2nd, 2017

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New York, NY — New York City Criminal Court judge Alton Fink was found dead in his home yesterday. Authorities are treating this as a homicide investigation. No further details have been provided.

However, sources say that Judge Fink’s death may be related to last week’s murders of Raymond and Linda McCoffer, a former NYPD officer and his wife, who were also killed in their home. Raymond McCoffer was found not guilty on two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of two mutants, and Fink was the judge on that trial. One source said these may be revenge killings.

Judge Fink was appointed to the bench by Rudy Giuliani in 1999 and was re-appointed by Michael Bloomberg in 2009. He was known for a hard stance on criminals, often supporting maximum penalties. This made him a controversial figure, particularly in the African American and Latino communities, who claimed such severe punishment disproportionately affected black and Hispanic criminals. However, he was praised by law enforcement and his peers, who point to what they claim to be a significant drop in recidivism in his jurisdiction. Many activists challenge this claim.

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