I just got off the phone with Pat Broderick, dean of Empire Law School. Here’s what he had to say about the mailer that arrived today accusing him of having a temporary restraining order issued against him in 1998. 

“It is tragic, and it is repugnant that John LemMon, in a last-minute desperate attempt, misleads the public to his political gain,” he said.

Broderick said that he had a short-term marriage from 1997-98 for about 13 months. He said his ex-wife, “sadly suffers from mental health challenges.” During the marriage, he said, “she made a false statement in an over-the-counter pleading. A temporary restraining order was issued based on that. It was dropped there after.”

The election mailer showed just the top of the file. Later on, the same filing is stamped “vacated” on Aug. 14, 1998, Broderick said.

The charges “had no merit, and there’s no truth to it,” he said. “It was total false statement. There were never charges. And the matter was just dismissed. But of course John LemMon doesn’t mention that.”

Broderick accuses LemMon of violating the Bar Association’s “canons of ethics” by not telling the “complete truth.”

“It’s despicable, and it’s tragic,” he said.

– Paul Gullixson