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THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION"
TO NEW YORK'S HIGHEST STATE COURT:

THEODORE T. JONES, Jr.

 

CJA's January 16, 2007 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John A. DeFrancisco -- Att: Carole Luther, Chief of Staff -- "RE: Senate Judiciary Committee Procedures: (1) transcripts of confirmation hearings to NY Court of Appeals; (2) confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to NY Court of Appeals, request for publicly-available documents, & request to testify"

CJA's January 16, 2007 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights under Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 18, 2007 letter
         -- brochure
         -- questionnaire for candidates for associate judge
         -- questionnaire for candidates for chief judge
         -- supplemental questionnaire for candidates for chief judge
 
CJA's January 18, 2007 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

CJA's January 29, 2007 resent letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 30, 2007 letter

CJA's February 9, 2007 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco -- ATT: Carole Luther -- "
RE: (1) CJA's January 16, 2007 letter pertaining to Senate Judiciary Committee procedures & request to testify in opposition to Senate confirmation of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals; (2) CJA's opposition to Senate confirmation of the reappointment of New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye & request to testify in opposition

February 9, 2007 fax from Carole Luther


CJA's February 12, 2007 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco -- ATT: Carole Luther -- "RE: Written Statement of Opposition for the Record of Today's Senate Judiciary Committee "Public" Hearing on the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals


CJA's written statement in opposition to Senate confirmation of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
      A-1  
CJA's January 16, 2007 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
      A-4 
 CJA's February 9, 2007 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
      A-7  
Commission on Judicial Nomination's November 30, 2006 report
      A-12 
CJA's February 12, 2007 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee


CJA's February 20, 2007 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco -- ATT: Carole Luther, Chief of Staff -- "RE: FOIL request for stenographic transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'hearing' to confirm Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals, etc.; (2) Reiterated request for policy pertaining to witness requests for the transcripts of their own testimony"

CJA's February 20, 2007 letter to Steven Boggess, Secretary of the Senate -- "RE:  FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) REQUEST: Senate confirmation of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals"

February 21. 2007 e-mail from Carole Luther -- "Subject: Re: FOIL Request for Transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'Hearing' to Confirm Justice Jones to NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 21, 2007 e-mail to Carole Luther -- "Subject: Thank You! -- Re: FOIL Request for Transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'Hearing' to Confirm Justice Jones to NY Court of Appeals"


TO BE POSTED:  TRANSCRIPT OF FEBRUARY 12, 2006 SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION "HEARING"

TO BE POSTED: 
TRANSCRIPT OF FEBRUARY 12, 2006 SENATE CONFIRMATION

 

  CASE STUDY OF THE PRESS IN ACTION


Associated Press:


CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Mark Johnson, Marc Humbert, & Mike Gormley -- "Subject: CJA's citizen opposition to the confirmation of Judge Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

February 13, 2007: "NY Senate approves Spitzer's nominee to State's highest court", Newsday (AP-Mark Johnson)

February 13, 2007:
Metro Briefing: "Albany: Judicial Nominee Confirmed", New York Times, (by AP)


Gannett News Service:   
   
CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Yancey Roy (copy to Jay Gallagher) -- "Subject: CJA's citizen opposition to the confirmation of Judge Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Yancey Roy (copy to Jay Gallagher) -- "Subject: What Took Place 'Behind the Scenes' of Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

February 13, 2007: "Judge Who Halted Transit Strike Approved for Top Court", by Yancey Roy (Journal News)


The New York Times:

January 15, 2007: "Spitzer Selects a Black Jurist for Top Court". by Sewell Chan

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Michael Cooper  (copies to Danny Hakim, Metro Desk, Editorial Board, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Bill Keller, Jill Abramson) -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

February 13, 2007:
Metro Briefing: "Albany: Judicial Nominee Confirmed" (by AP)


New York Law Journal:

January 14, 2007: "Breaking News: Spitzer Names Jones to Court of Appeals", by John Caher 

January 14, 2007:  "By Tapping Jones, Spitzer Reveals Hands-On Style of Picking Judges" (expanded-by John Caher)


January 17, 2007 "Key Decisions of Justice Jones"

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to John Caher -- "Subject: CJA's citizen opposition to the confirmation of Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"


Albany Times Union: 


CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Michael Spain, Associate Editor (copies to Jim Odato and Jay Jochnowitz) -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

February 13, 2007: "Jones sworn in as high court judge", Michele Morgan Bolton

February 15, 2007: "Egan among Spitzer's selections", by Elizabeth Benjamin


Newsday

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Melissa Mansfield -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at today's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

February 13, 2007: "NY Senate approves Spitzer's nominee to State's highest court" (AP-Mark Johnson)


New York Post:

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Ken Lovett (copy to Fred Dicker) -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"


New York Daily News:

February 4, 2007:  "Big step for black legal giant" by Jose Martinez

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Bill Hammond (copy to Joe Mahoney) -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"


New York Sun:

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Jacob Gershman -- "Subject: What took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones Confirmation to the NY Court of Appeals"


Syracuse Post Standard


CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Erik Kriss -- "Subject: What Took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"



Buffalo News


CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Tom Precious -- "Subject: What Took Place 'Behind the Scenes' at Today's Senate Judiciary Committee to Confirm Justice Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"


Amsterdam News:

January 18, 2007: "Spitzer nominates controversial Black judge to Court of Appeals", by Herb Boyd

 

OTHER 'MERIT SELECTION" APPOINTMENTS
TO THE NY COURT OF APPEALS:

HOWARD A. LEVINE
1993

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
1993-initial appointment

ALBERT M. ROSENBLATT  
1998

VICTORIA A. GRAFFEO

2000

SUSAN P. READ
2003

ROBERT S. SMITH
2004

EUGENE F. PIGOTT, JR.
2006

THEODORE T. JONES, JR.
2007

(you are here)


JUDITH S. KAYE
2007

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
2007-reappointment

JONATHAN LIPPMAN
2009

JENNY RIVERA
2013

 

 

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