MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A judge could go to prison if convicted on a federal civil rights charge for biting the nose of a defendant who cursed him.
Judge Joseph Troisi, 47, said he did not intend to bite 29-year-old Bill Witten. If convicted on the single count of violating Witten's civil rights, Troisi would face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Witten swore at Troisi as he was being led from the courtroom June 26 after losing a request to have his $40,000 bond reduced while he appealed his sentence for grand larceny and illegal entry.
The bite took a chunk off the end of Witten's nose and he still bears a mark there, said his parents, Jane and Ray Witten. Troisi was suspended without pay last month.