Judge Carol MacKenzie / Suicide of Dr. Richard A. Amato
Dr. Richard A. Amato passed over one (1) year ago. I recently read with interest the story written in the Merrick Patch and various comments of the family. I was touched. I also searched the Court website. The case Suffolk County Docket 022770/2010 is marked settled, abated by death. Every family has problems, but did this Judge have to ruin this man? Don't you think his family will suffer forever with guilt, hate, or other painful feelings because this man's life was cut short and the family did not have the opportunity to resolve their differences? Judge Mackenzie, couldn't you give the wife her money from his portion of the sale of the house or refer it to trial, which is what you do with most motions? Did you have to put him in jail? For three (3) months? Was it necessary to ruin him, demoralize him, and make his lose his dignity? Everyone is aware of Judge Mackenzie's relationship with Judge Robert A. Lifson (who was not re-elected and supported by the political party because of it and then became a Court Clerk) and her friend Judge Joan Genchi. It is time for someone to represent the voices of people that are not heard. It is time for someone to find out what has gone on behind the scenes with attorneys who have their pocketbook at heart, rather than the client's best interest in mind, and attorneys who attend getaway business vacations with Judges so they can obtain their favor, i.e. so the Judges do not have to work and decide complicated issues in a fair, decent, and respectful manner. Rest in peace Dr. Amato and may his family also find peace. I do not know what else to say to express my sincere heartfelt condolences to Dr. Amato's family and my disappointment with Judge Mackenzie.