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

JONATHAN LIPPMAN

How Lippman became a Supreme Court Justice:
New York Judicial "Elections" 2005
 

CJA's December 1, 2008 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 2, 2008 press release

CJA's January 15, 2009 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 16, 2009 letter -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 1, 2008 letter to Governor

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 17, 2008 letter to Governor

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's brochure

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's blank questionnaire for Chief Judge candidates



Press Release of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson -- "Senator John Sampson, Chair of NYS Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Selection Process for Appointment of Chief Judge"

Senate Judiciary Committee Notice of Public Hearing: "The nomination process for Judges to the New York State Court of Appeals"

CJA's January 26, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson -- "RE:  Requests to Testify:  (a) at Tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on 'The Nomination Process for Judges to the New York State Court of Appeals'; (b) at the Yet-Unscheduled Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to Confirm Judge Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals"

  SEE: CJA's correspondence with Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman

    Senate Judiciary Committee's January 27, 2009 Hearing
           "The nomination process for Judges to the New York Court of Appeals"
                    CJA testimony -- pages 73-91

CJA's January 29, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel Tim Spotts -- "RE: NYS Senate Judiciary Committee Procedures for Confirmation of Judicial Nominees"

CJA's February 3, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel Spotts -- "RE: Request for Transcript of the Committee's January 27, 2009 Public Hearing 'The nomination process for Judges to the New York State Court of Appeals"

Senate Judiciary Counsel Spott's February 3, 2009 e-mail response & CJA's e-mail acknowledgment

        Senate Judiciary Committee's February 3, 2009 Hearing
              "The nomination process for Judges to the New York Court of Appeals"

Commission on Judicial Nomination Chairman John O'Mara's written testimony, February 3, 2009

CJA's February 6, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson -- "RE: Request for Transcript & Other Information Concerning the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 3, 2009 Hearing 'The nomination process for Judges to the New York State Court of Appeals'"

SEE:  Our Members' Efforts: William Galison

Senate Committee Agenda Schedule for week of 02/09/2009
-- Addendum to Senate Judiciary Committee -- 9 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2009

  "The committee will consider the following nominations.  Honorable Jonathon (sic) Lippman, as Chief Justice (sic) of the New York State Court of Appeals TO APPEAR"

FEATURING:

VIDEO:  
CJA's TESTIMONY at the Senate Judiciary Comittee's February 11, 2009 hearing to confirm Judge Lippman to the NY Court of Appeals

[see: 0:39:54 - 0:53:11]

 

CJA's written testimony, presented at the Senate Judiciary Committee February 11, 2009 hearing -- followed by further oral testimony, including in response to questions by Chairman Sampson and Senator Diaz

CJA's February 13, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel Spotts -- "RE: (1) Request for Transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 11, 2009 Hearing to Confirm Judge Lippman to the New York Court of Appeals; & (2) Request to be Notified of Dates of Future Hearings on "The nomination process for Judges to the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 13, 2009 letter to Secretary of the Senate Angelo J. Aponte -- "RE:  FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) REQUEST: Senate confirmation of Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 17, 2009 letter to Senate Judiciary Counsel Spotts -- "RE: Request for Video-Audiotape of the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 11, 2009 Hearing to Confirm Judge Lippman to the New York Court of Appeals"

Counsel Spotts' February 17, 2009 e-mail -- "Subject: Re: Request for Video-Audiotape of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 11, 2009 Hearing to Confirm Judge Lippman to the NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 17, 2009 e-mail to Spotts -- "Subject: Thank you..."

February 23, 2009 letter from Secretary of Senate Aponte

CJA's March 9, 2009 letter to Secretary of Senate Aponte -- "RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) REQUEST"

March 12, 2009 letter from Secretary of Senate Aponte --
      enclosing:      (1) February 11, 2009 Senate Floor Proceedings
                          (2) Governor's January 14, 2009 nomination
                          (3) Senate February 11, 2009 Roll Call Vote

 

January 11, 2013 letter to Secretary of Senate Francis Patience -- "The Senate's 'Freedom of Information' Rule XV -- Transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 11, 2009 hearing to confirm then Appellate Division, First Department Presiding Justice Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals"

January 18, 2013 Response from Secretary of Senate


CASE STUDY
OF THE PRESS IN ACTION

VILLAGE VOICE EXPOSE:  "Justice is Blindsided: How Shelly Silver Made His Pal Chief Judge" by Wayne Barrett: released February 10, 2009

              
Comments Posted on Village Voice Blog by CJA & Eli Vigliano, Esq, Founder of CJA's predecessor local grass-roots citizens' group

Yonkers Tribune:  Henry J. Stern:  "From Grand Street to Eagle Street: Senate Confirms Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of New York State; A Good Friend of Speaker Silver, whose Influence Keeps Rising", February 11, 2009

                                      Compare:  VILLAGE VOICE  &  New York Times


The New York Times

December 1, 2008 "7 Names in Contention for Chief Judge", by Sewell Chan (City Room blog)

December 2, 2008 "Panel Gives Paterson Seven Names for Top Judge", by Sam Roberts

December 3, 2008 "Lack of Women on Court List Draws Fire", by Sewall Chan (City Room blog)

December 4, 2008 "Paterson Criticizes Panel for Its Judicial Selections" by Jeremy Peters

December 14, 2008 "Judith Kaye's Example", editorial

January 13, 2009 "Lippman to be Named State's Chief Judge" by John Eligon & Sewell Chan (City Room blog)

January 14, 2009 "Paterson Picks Chief Judge Nominee" by John Eligon

February 11, 2009 "Chief Judge Nominee Draws on Administrative Skill" by John Eligon

February 12, 2009 "Senate Confirms Top Judge on State Court of Appeals" by Jeremy W. Peters


New York Law Journal

December 4, 2008 "N.Y. Governor 'Outraged' by All-Male Court Picks", by Joel Stashenko

January 14, 2009 "Sources: Lippman Chosen for N.Y. Chief Judge Slot", by Joel Stashenko

January 28, 2009 "Supporters of Court of Appeals Nominating System Urge Caution" by Joel Stashenko

February 3, 2009 "Judicial Nomination Chair Set to Testify in Albany" by Joel Stashenko

February 4, 2009 "Applicants for Court of Appeals Falling, Nominating Panel Head Says" by Joel Stashenko

February 11, 2009 "Free Breaking News:  Lippman Confirmed as Chief Judge" by Joel Stashenko

February 13, 2009 "Senate Confirms Lippman as Chief Judge" by Joel Stashenko


Associated Press

January 27, 2009 "Lawmakers fault top court selection process" by Michael Virtanen  (Newsday.com)

February 11, 2009 "NY Senate approves Lippman as top judge" by Michael Virtanen (Staten Island Live)

February 11, 2009 "Senate approves Lippman as top judge" (wnyt.com)

February 11, 2009 "UPDATE Senate OK's Lippman as state's top judge" (Troy Record)

February 12, 2009 "Senate confirms Jonathan Lippman as chief judge" (Newsday)


Gannett

January 27, 2009  "Changes urged in the way the state picks top judges" by Jay Gallagher

February 11, 2009 "Chief Judge Picked"  (Politics on the Hudson)


Legislative Gazette

February 11, 2009 "Judiciary Committee approves Lippman" by Kristen Hammer


Albany Times Union

February 11, 2009 "Lippman confirmed: blesses the 'media'" (Capitol Confidential blog)

February 12, 2009 "Chief judge set to tackle pay issue" by Robert Gavin


New York Post

December 8, 2008 "The Wrong Chief Judge", editorial


New York Daily News

December 1, 2008 "Judge nominee list doesn't appeal to Gov. Paterson", by Kenneth Lovett

January 13, 2009 "Sheldon Silver pal gets court nod from Gov. Pataki" by Kenneth Lovett

January 14, 2009 "...Judicious pick", editorial

February 10, 2009 "Sampson: Unpressured and 'Comfortable' With Chief Judge-To-Be" by Elizabeth Benjamin

February 11, 2009 "Three Of Original Gang Of Four Reunite On Lippman" by Elizabeth Benjamin

February 13, 2009 "Proof that N.Y. has...the worst Legislature", editorial  
(web title: "...Senate Democrats stage contemptible confirmation hearing for state's chief judge"l


The New York Observer

January 13, 2009 "Lippman Will Be Chief Judge, Senate Will Look Into Process", Jimmy Vielkind

February 11, 2009 "Lippman Hearing Gets a Little Noisy" by Jimmy Vielkind

February 11, 2009 "After All That, Lippman Clears the Committee" by Jimmy Vielkind


Politickerny.com

January 9, 2009 "How a Chief Judge Gets Picked", Jimmy Vielkind
 

Gothamist

January 14, 2009 "Paterson Nominates Lippman to be Top Judge"

February 11, 2009 "State's Top Judge is Shelly's L.E.S. Childhood Buddy"
 

Yonkers Tribune

February 11, 2009  "From Grand Street to Eagle Street" by Henry J. Stern


Empire State News

February 12, 2009 "Lippman confirmed as state's top judge"


Capital News 9 

February 12, 2009 "Chief Judge isn't as glamorous as it seems" by Ken Jubie
 

Bizjournals

February 12, 2009 "Senate confirms Lippman as NY's top judge"

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Daily News: January 1, 2016:  Lippman Legacy: editorial

City & State:  December 31, 2015: Lippman a winner

 

 

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


JUDITH S. KAYE
2007

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
2007-reappointment

JONATHAN LIPPMAN
2009
(you are here)

JANET DiFIORE
2015-2016

 

 

 

 

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