Judiciary chief Paul Conlon quits NRL over Twitter saga

THE NRL is searching for a new judiciary chairman after being rocked by the shock resignation of district court judge Paul Conlon who served seven years in the job.

Conlon's decision was a personal protest at what he felt was a gross over-reaction by his employer to fine Cronulla and NSW skipper Paul Gallen the maximum $50,000 allowable for an offensive tweet about Sharks chief executive Steve Noyce's sacking, in which he maligned NRL members.

The NRL issued a brief statement but made no mention of why Conlon had suddenly abandoned his post.

A Sydney newspaper, however, revealed part of Conlon's resignation letter to the NRL in which he wrote: "My role as judiciary chairman involves ensuring that charged players rights are protected and that that they receive a fair and just hearing.

"I have never witnessed a penalty more disproportionate to the offending conduct than that dealt out to Paul Gallen.

"No player in the history of the game has been under more pressure, stress and tension as Paul Gallen over the last two years.

"My role as a judge involves ensuring that punishment fits the crime."

Conlon was also highly critical of the NRL hauling NSWRL Chairman George Peponis who was reported on the weekend as saying he felt sorry for Gallen,

Meanwhile, Brisbane has released two of it front-rowers, Martin Kennedy and David Hala.