Man Suing for Ageism Says His Judge Is Too Old

Angry violinist wants new judge for age discrimination suit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2011 11:45 AM CDT
Man Suing for Ageism Says His Judge Is Too Old
A man at the center of an age discrimination lawsuit says his judge ... is too old.   (Shutterstock)

How’s this for irony: A 60-year-old violinist, who is suing a music competition for age discrimination, says the 88-year-old judge presiding over his case is too old and should be given the boot. Martin Stoner was rejected from the Young Concert Artists competition, which is meant for musicians one-third his age, the New York Daily News reports. But Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Patterson tossed his lawsuit over the issue earlier this month after uncovering errors in Stoner’s court briefs, and now Stoner says he should be assigned a new judge.

Judge Patterson can “barely see” and is hard of hearing, Stoner wrote in his judicial complaint. He also called the judge “slow-witted and unable to function” and says his “mental and physical limitations” should get him “removed from the bench.” As for the Young Concert Artists competition, the director did allow Stoner to play, despite the fact that he did not fulfill the age requirement, but she found his performance unimpressive. Told about his age-related beef with the judge, she said, “That’s pretty funny.” (More irony stories.)

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