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Judicial Compensation-NY


 click here for:  August 29, 2011 Report of the Commission on Judicial Compensation
  click here for: Commission's current website
               

Holding Government Accountable:

"No Pay Raises for NYS Judges Who Corrupt Justice --
The Money Belongs to the Victims
"

click here for:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for OPPOSITION REPORT

                                                              

click here for:
CJA's OCTOBER 27, 2011 OPPOSITION REPORT
TO THE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL COMPENSATION'S AUGUST 29, 2011 "FINAL" REPORT

Addressed to  Governor Cuomo, Temporary Senate President Skelos,
Assembly Speaker Silver, & Chief Judge Lippman

IN SUPPORT OF:

(1)   Legislation Voiding the Commission’s Judicial Pay Recommendations;

(2)
   Repeal of the Statute Creating the Commission;

(3)
   Referral of the Commissioners to Criminal Authorities for Prosecution;

(4)
    Appointment of a Special Prosecutor, Task Force, and/or Inspector General to Investigate the Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Systemic Judicial Corruption, Infesting Appellate and Supervisory Levels and the Commission on Judicial Conduct – which the Commission on Judicial Compensation Unlawfully and Unconstitutionally Ignored, Without Findings, in Recommending Judicial Pay Raises

 

COMPENDIUM OF EXHIBITS

Inventory -- Volume 1 Volume 2

 

Exhibit A-1:      CJA’s May 23, 2011 letter to Governor Cuomo, Temporary
 
                      Senate President Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver, Chief
                     
 Judge Lippman

“RE:  (1)  NYS’s Commission on Judicial Compensation – Inoperative & Inaccessible to the Public;

          (2)  Evidence Disentitling NYS’s Judiciary to Increased Compensation, Presented and Proffered by the Public at the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee’s June 8, 2009 and September 24, 2009 Public Hearings – as to which There Has Been No Investigation, No Findings, and No Committee Report

 

Exhibit A-2:      CJA’s May 23, 2011 transmittal letter to Commissioners Fiske,
                       Wylde,
Tallon, Mulholland, Senate Minority Leader Sampson,
                       Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Bonacic, Ranking
                       Member Hassell-Thompson, 21 Other Senate Judiciary
                       Committee Members, etc.

“RE:  (1)  NYS’s Commission on Judicial Compensation – Inoperative & Inaccessible to the Public;

          (2)  Evidence Disentitling NYS’s Judiciary to Increased Compensation, Presented and Proffered by the Public at the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee’s June 8, 2009 and September 24, 2009 Public Hearings – as to which There Has Been No Investigation, No Findings, and No Committee Report

 

 

 

  

Exhibit B-1:  CJA's June 28, 2011 letter to ChairmanThompson & Commissioners Cotton, Mulrow

“RE:  (1)  Bringing Public Accessibility, Input, and Accountability to the Judicial Compensation Commission – Facilitated by the Open Meetings Law & Executive Order #3;

          (2)  Chairman Thompson’s Disqualifying Conflict of Interest, Requiring his Resignation”           

Exhibit B-2:      CJA’s June 23, 2011 transmittal letter to Commissioners Fiske,
                                   Wylde,
Tallon, Mulholland, Governor Cuomo, Temporary
                                   Senate President Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver, Chief
                                   Judge Lippman, etc.

                                         “RE:  (1)  Bringing Public Accessibility, Input, and Accountability
                                         to the Judicial Compensation Commission – Facilitated by the
                                         Open Meetings Law & Executive Order #3;
                                                 (2)  Chairman Thompson’s Disqualifying Conflict of Interest,
                                         Requiring his Resignation” 

Exhibit C-1:      CJA’s June 28, 2011 e-mail to Commissioners

“Subject: Is NY’s Judicial Compensation Commission Violating the Open Meetings Law & its Video Broadcast Obligations under Executive Order #3”

 

Exhibit C-2:      CJA’s June 30, 2011 letter to Commissioners

“RE: AGAIN – Is NY’s Judicial Compensation Commission Violating the Open Meetings Law & its Video Broadcast Obligations under Executive Order #3?”

 

Exhibit C-3:      CJA’s June 30, 2011 transmittal letter to Governor Cuomo, Temporary Senate President Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver, Chief Judge Lippman, etc.

“RE: AGAIN – Is NY’s Judicial Compensation Commission Violating the Open Meetings Law & its Video Broadcast Obligations under Executive Order #3?” 

 

Exhibit D-1     CJA’s July 12, 2011 e-mail to the Commissioners

“Subject: Request to Testify at the July 20, 2011 Public Hearing & Other Requests on Behalf of the Public”

 

Exhibit D-2      CJA’s July 13, 2011 e-mail to the Commissioners

“Subject:  FOIL Obligations of the Judicial Compensation Commission”

 

Exhibit D-3:      Chairman Thompson’s July 19, 2011 FOIL
                       acknowledgment

 

Exhibit D-4     CJA’s July 21, 2011 letter to the Commissioners

“RE:  The Present Uselessness of the Commission’s Website

 

Exhibit D-5:      Chairman Thompson’s August 16, 2011 FOIL response  

 

Exhibit E-1:       CJA’s July 19, 2011 letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

“RE:    (1)  Vindicating the Public’s Rights against Judicial Fraud:  The Court of Appeals’ February 23, 2010 Decision Underlying BOTH the Creation of the Commission on Judicial Compensation & the Perpetuation of the Judicial Compensation Lawsuits;

(2)   FOIL & Project Sunlight Requests: Posting of the Record of the Judicial Compensation Lawsuits on the Attorney General’s Website – &/or Providing the Record to the Center for Judicial Accountability for Posting on its Website”

 

Exhibit E-2:      July 26, 2011 letter from Attorney General Schneiderman’s Records Access Officer – FOIL Request #110450

 

Exhibit E-3:      August 24, 2011 letter from Attorney General Schneiderman’s Records Access Officer – FOIL Request #110450

 

Exhibit E-4:      September 26, 2011 letter from Attorney General Schneiderman’s Records Access Officer – FOIL Request #110450 

 

Exhibit F-1:     Furnished at July 20, 2011 hearing:  CJA’s handout to Commissioners 

NO PAY RAISES FOR NYS JUDGES WHO CORRUPT JUSTICE – THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE VICTIMS!”

 

Exhibit F-2:     Furnished at July 20, 2011 hearing:  CJA’s draft testimony for Senate Judiciary Committee’s aborted December 16, 2009 hearing on the Commission on Judicial Conduct & court-controlled attorney discipline system

 

Exhibit F-3:      Furnished at July 20, 2011 hearing:  Elena Sassower’s testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s March 6, 2007 hearing, in opposition to confirmation of Chief Judge Judith Kaye to the New York Court of Appeals

 

Exhibit F-4:      Furnished at July 20, 2011 hearing:  Doris L. Sassower’s testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s March 6, 2007 hearing, in opposition to confirmation of Chief Judge Judith Kaye to the New York Court of Appeals

 

Exhibit F-5:       Submission of Catherine Wilson: July 12, 2011 e-mail

“Subject:  OCA has been giving judges raises all along via other methods – double-dipping of pensions, increases in expense reimbursements, payments for committee memberships, extra pay for serving in other courts, elimination of contribution for benefits”

 

Exhibit G       CJA’s August 1, 2011 letter to Commissioner Wylde & Other Commissioners, New York Law Journal, Bar Leaders Testifying at July 20, 2011 Hearing 

“RE:  Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Recommendations and Report are Based on Evidence: The Absence of Evidence that Judicial Compensation has Deterred Qualified Private Sector Lawyers from Becoming Judges”

Enclosure:
(1) August 1, 2011 letter to NYC Bar Association
       -- commentary by Stephen Kruger, Esq., from CJA's files
       -- CJA’s July 26, 2011 letter to bar leaders  

 

Exhibit H:      CJA’s August 5, 2011 letter to New York Times Reporter William Glaberson  “RE: Setting the Record Straight: Ensuring that the Public & New York’s Judicial Compensation Commission are Not Misled by New York Times’ Reporting & Editorializing about ‘Judicial Attrition’ and the Purportedly Insufficient Pay of New York State Judges”

Enclosures:

(1) CJA’s June 6, 2011 FOIL request

(2)   OCA’s July 22, 2011 response

(3)   CJA’s June 13, 2011 e-mail,
           with June 10, 2011 FOIL request

(4)   ABAJournal.com – “What America’s Lawyers Earn” – NY’s 62 Counties 

 

Exhibit I:           CJA’s August 8, 2011 letter to Commissioners 

“RE: Threshold Issues Barring Commission Consideration of Pay Raises for Judges: (1) Chairman Thompson’s Disqualification for Interest, as to which there has been No Determination; (2) Systemic Corruption in New York’s Judiciary, Embracing the Commission on Judicial Conduct, as to which the has been No Determination; (3) The Fraud & Lack of Evidence Put Forward by Advocates of Judicial Pay Raises”

Enclosures

(1)               Transcription of Elena Sassower’s July 20, 2011 testimony before the Commission on Judicial Compensation
 

(2)               Comptroller Ed Reagan’s 1989 report   "COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT -- NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC: RESOLVING CHARGES AGAINST JUDGES IS CLOAKED IN SECRECY"  , with his press release, "COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT NEEDS OVERSIGHT"  (December 7, 1989)
 

(3)               Transcription of Elena Sassower’s questions at December 11, 2002 forum on Commission on Judicial Conduct, co-sponsored by NYS Bar Association & Fund for Modern Courts

 

Exhibit J-1:       CJA’s August 17, 2011 letter to Commissioners

“RE: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud:  The Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Duty to Identify the Case Presented by Opponents of ANY Judicial Pay Raises & to Make Findings with Respect Thereto, in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities

Enclosure:  (1) CJA’s August 16, 2011 letter to NYC Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo & Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Zachary Carter

 

Exhibit J-2         CJA’s August 17, 2011 letter to Advocates of Judicial Pay Raises

“RE: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud:  The Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Duty to Identify the Case Presented by Opponents of ANY Judicial Pay Raises & to Make Findings with Respect Thereto, in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities

 

Exhibit J-3:       August 17, 2011 e-mail transmittal to NYC Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, Mayor’s Advisory Committee Chairman Zachary Carter; Bar Leaders Testifying at the July 20, 2011 hearing, Victor Kovner/Chairman, Fund for Modern Courts; Brennan Center for Justice: Michael Waldman/Executive Director; J. Adam Skaggs/Senior Counsel, Democracy Program

“Subject: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud:  The Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Duty…in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities”

 

Exhibit J-4:        August 19, 2011 e-mail transmittal to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Coalition of NYS Judicial Associations’ Organizers Judges W. Dennis Duggan & Daniel Turbow; Joseph L. Forstadt, Esq./Counsel-Associations of Supreme Court Justices; Former Appellate Division, Second Department Justice Robert Spolzino

“Subject: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud:  The Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Duty…in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities”

 

Exhibit J-5:       August 22, 2011 e-mail transmittal to Martin Cirincione/Deputy Director/NY Prosecutors Training Institute, Inc.; Dorchen Leidholdt/Director-Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services/Sanctuary for Families; Catherine Cerulli/Associate Professor-University of Rochester School of Medicine

“Subject: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud:  The Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Duty…in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities”

 

Exhibit J-6:       CJA’s August 19, 2011 letter to Denis M. Hughes, President/New York State AFL-CIO

“RE: Request for a Meeting & Reconsideration by the New York State AFL-CIO of its Support for Judicial Pay Raises”

 

Exhibit J-7:       CJA’s August 22, 2011 letter to New York State League of Women Voters & Citizens Union of New York City

“RE: Request for a Meeting & Withdrawal of Support for Judicial Pay Raises”  

 

Exhibit K-1:      CJA’s August 23, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau

“RE:  Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error:  Clarification of the Office of Court Administration’s ‘Memorandum discussing constitutional considerations in establishing judicial pay levels’ – and the Substantiating Evidence”

Enclosures:
 

(1)   OCA “Memorandum discussing constitutional considerations in establishing judicial pay levels”
 

(2)   CJA’s June 14, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau
 Attachments:

(1)  Chief Administrative Judge Pfau’s December 7, 2007 and September 23, 2008 Administrative Orders 

(2)  "Introduction” and “Questions Presented” from appellant’s three appeal briefs

(3)  March 16, 2011 letter to Appellate Division Justices Skelos, Eng, Hall, & Lott

(4)  May 23, 2011 letter to Governor Cuomo, Temporary Senate 

 President Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver, Chief Judge Lippman

 

Exhibit K-2:      August 25, 2011 acknowledgment letter from OCA Counsel John McConnell 

 

Exhibit L:          CJA’s August 26, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau

“RE:   PART 2 – Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error:  Clarification of the Office of Court Administration’s ‘Memorandum discussing constitutional considerations in establishing judicial pay levels’ – and the Substantiating Evidence”

Enclosure:     

   ABAJournal.com – “What America’s Lawyers Earn” –

                             NY’s 62 Counties 

 

Exhibit M:         CJA’s September 2, 2011 letter to Commission

“RE:  Not Accessible to the Public: (1) The Videos of the Commission’s Hearing and Meetings; (2) the  Commission’s ‘Final Report’; and (3) ‘All of the comments and submissions’ Received by the Commission, Including CJA’s August 17, 2011 Letter Entitled ‘Protecting the People of this State From Fraud…”

 

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CORRESPONDENCE
About CJA's Opposition Report
 

CJA's October 28, 2011 letter to Commission on Judicial Compensation -- "RE:  Holding Government Accountable:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report in Support of Legislative Override of the Commission on Judicial Compensation's Judicial Pay Raise Recommendations & Other Relief"

CJA's October 28, 2011 letter to Judicial Pay Raise Advocates -- "RE:  Holding Government Accountable:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report in Support of Legislative Override of the Commission on Judicial Compensation's Judicial Pay Raise Recommendations & Other Relief"

CJA's November 1, 2011 letter to NYS Budget Director Robert L. Megna -- "RE: Protecting the Public Purse & Public Interest: Request That You Take Steps to Secure Governor Cuomo’s Introduction of Legislation to Override the Commission on Judicial Compensation’s Statutorily-Violative and Unconstitutional Judicial Pay Raise Recommendations"

CJA's November 29, 2011 complaint to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Public Integrity Bureau -- vs Commission on Judicial Compensation    transmitting e-mail

          December 7, 2011 letter of Attorney General Schneiderman's Public Integrity Bureau, unsigned & containing no identification of any person at the Public Integrity Bureau

CJA's March 1, 2011 complaint to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's Investigations Unit of his Legal Services Division

CJA's March 2, 2012 letter to NY's Highest Constitutional Officers  of its Three Government Branches -- "RE: YOUR FINDINGS OF FACT & CONCLUSIONS OF LAW: Protecting the People of this State & the Public Purse from Judicial Pay Raises that are Unconstitutional, Unlawful, & Fraudulent"
        Ex. A:  Executive Summary of CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report
        Ex. B:  CJA's November 29, 2011 Complaint to Attorney General's Public Integrity Bureau, etc.
        Ex. C:  Attorney General's website info as to partnership with Comptroller "to investigate public corruption
                   involving taxpayer funds"
        Ex. D:  CJA's March 1, 2012 complaint to Comptroller's Investigations Unit of his Legal Services Division

        click here for:   press response to CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report

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Menu of CJA's webpages on NYS Judicial Compensation:

HOLDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE  FOR ITS GRAND LARCENY OF THE PUBLIC FISC & OTHER CORRUPTION

Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

CJA's July 19, 2013 corruption complaint
to Albany County District Attorney Soares

CJA's April 15, 2013 corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Bharara

CJA's June 27, 2013 ethics complaint
to NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

CJA's July 11, 2013 corruption complaint
to NYS Inspector General 

Correspondence with the Legislature
pertaining to CJA's corruption & ethics complaints

UNEQUAL JUSTICE:
Going After Black & Hispanic "Little Fish",
while the "Big White Whales" Go Free

Fighting Off Progeny of the Judicial Compensation Statute (S-2953: A-246) & Securing a Functioning Legislative Process

Securing Legislative Oversight & Override of the 2nd & 3rd phases of the judicial pay raises...

Championing appropriate rules & leadership for the New York State Legislature 

CJA's People's lawsuit to void the judicial pay raises & secure judicial accountability -- CJA, et al. v. Cuomo, et al.

CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report to the "Final Report of the Commission on Judicial Compensation" 

The Judges' Judicial Compensation Lawsuits

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