Probate judge resigns in wake of SJC suspension
Sushchyk groped court employee, lied about it
PROBATE AND FAMILY Court Judge Paul Sushchyk resigned on Monday, five days after the Supreme Judicial Court suspended him without pay for groping a court employee and lying about it.
Sushchyk’s decision to resign eliminates the need for what could have been a drawn-out process of having the Legislature move forward with an impeachment trial or having the governor and Legislature attempt to remove him through a “bill of address,” which would require support from the House, Senate, governor, and Governor’s Council.
Sushchyk submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, effective immediately. “Please be advised that, effective March 28, 2022, I hereby resign my office as an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court,” he wrote.
Sushchyk, a Sterling resident, was appointed as a Probate and Family Court judge by Baker in February 2018. In April 2019, a female court employee accused Sushchyk of coming up behind her in a restaurant while they were both attending a court-related conference and grabbing her butt. Sushchyk first denied the allegations, then said he touched her unintentionally.
Judiciary Committee co-chairs Rep. Michael Day and Sen. Jamie Eldridge declined to comment.