Lawyers for Suffolk County Register of Probate Patricia Campatelli urged the Supreme Judicial Court Thursday to “right a wrong” by returning the suspended elected official to her office. But a lawyer for court administrators said that Campatelli must continue to stand aside from her duties in the interests of “smooth operation of the courts.”
The case of Campatelli, who was elected by Suffolk County voters in 2012, now rests with the seven-member high court, which must decide whether court administrators overstepped their authority by effectively suspending Campatelli with pay, beginning in December.
“Every day she is not allowed to go to her office, voters of Suffolk County have lost their voice,” Philip R. Boncore, her lawyer, told the SJC in oral arguments.
Campatelli, who is paid $122,500 a year, is a candidate for reelection this fall. She is being challenged by several other candidates.
Campatelli was initially suspended by court administrators over allegations she punched one of her employees in the face after the pair attended an office holiday party in December.
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