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

SUSAN P. READ

     [SEE also: Correspondence-NYS Officials: NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination]


CJA's January 14, 2003 letter to Governor Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire, Counsel -- "RE: Publicly-Available Materials Pertaining to Governor Pataki's Appointment of Court of Claims Presiding Judge Susan P. Read to the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's January 14, 2003 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco --
"RE: (1) CJA's request for a meeting to discuss the documentary evidence of the corruption of judicial selection and discipline;
        (2) CJA's request to testify at the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in opposition to confirmation of Court of Claims Presiding Judge Susan P. Read to the Court of Appeals;
       (3) CJA's request for publicly-available documents in the Committee's possession establishing the legitimacy of the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Judge Read as 'well qualified' to sit on the Court of Appeals and any other publicly-available documents establishing her qualifications"

CJA's January 16. 2003 letter to Governor Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire, Counsel --
"RE: Information and F.O.I.L. Request Pertaining to Susan P. Read's  Tenure as Governor Pataki's Deputy Counsel '1995-1997'"

CJA's January 17, 2003 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco --
RE: (1) Postponement of the Senate Judiciary Committee's January 22, 2003 Hearing on Judge Susan P. Read's Confirmation to the New York Court of Appeals;
      (2) Request for Information as to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Confirmation Procedures;
      (3) Providing the Public with Judge Read's own Questionnaire Responses as to her Qualifications, etc."

CJA's January 20, 2003 letter to Governor Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire, Counsel   --
"RE: CJA's upcoming testimony in opposition to Senate confirmation of Governor Pataki's appointment of Judge Susan Read to the Court of Appeals -- requiring your immediate response to its faxed January 16th and 14th letters to you for information and documents"

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January 22, 2003:  CJA's TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION -- whose presentation was halted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman DeFrancisco after the FIRST page
                          
Accompanying Substantiating Appendix Documents


February 4, 2003 letter from Chief of Staff Carole Luther

CJA's February 7, 2003 letter to Chief of Staff Luther -- "RE: CJA's January 22, 2003 FOIL request for the stenographic transcript of the January 22, 2003 'hearing' on Susan Read's confirmation to the New York Court of Appeals"


 

Transcript excerpt of Senate Judiciary Committee's January 22, 2003 hearing

Transcript excerpt of January 22, 2003 Senate floor proceedings


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CJA's January 23, 2003 memorandum to Appellate Division, 2nd Dept. Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti & Appellate Division, 3rd Dept. Justice Anthony V. Cardona"RE: Your Right to 'Hear' CJA's Opposition Testimony to Senate Confirmation of Court of Claims Presiding Judge Susan P. Read to the New York Court of Appeals -- and to 'Be Heard' with Respect Thereto"
  
(indicated copies to Chief Administrative Judge Lippman, Gary Spencer, Public Information Officer/NY Court of Appeals)


January 27, 2003 letter from Mark Ustin, Assistant Counsel/Governor Pataki-Records Access Officer


CJA's February 10, 2003 letter to Chairman DeFrancisco --
"RE: (1) CJA's request that Senate Judiciary Committee members be provided with copies of CJA's January 22, 2003 written statement, with appendix documents;
        (2) CJA's request for a meeting with Chairman DeFrancisco to discuss the January 22, 2003 written statement;
        (3) The practices and procedures of the Senate Judiciary Committee for preserving the records of its confirmation proceedings for Court of Appeals and 'lower' state court judges"
   
Ex. A-1: CJA's December 19, 2001 FOIL request to inspect documents submitted to the Senate
                 Judiciary Committee in opposition to confirmation of Joseph Bellacosa to the Court
                  of Appeals
    Ex. A-2: May 8, 2002 letter of Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel
    Ex. B-1: CJA's December 1, 2000 fax to Senate Judiciary Committee
    Ex. B-2: CJA's January 4, 2001 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
    Ex. B-3: January 9, 2001 letter of Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel
    Ex. B-4: CJA's March 26, 2001 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
    Ex. B-5: Pages 42-3 of the transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee Committee's
                November 29, 2000 hearing on Victoria Graffeo's confirmation


CJA's April 16, 2003 letter to Governor Pataki's Records Access Officer Mark R. Ustin --
"RE: (1) F.O.I.L. Requests of December 6, 2002 & January 9, 2003;
        (2) F.O.I.L. Requests of January 14, 2003 & January 16, 2003;
        (3) Newly-Initiated F.O.I.L. Requests Pertaining to the Governor's 'Federal Appointments Screening Committee'/'Federal Judicial Screening Committee'"
 
(indicated copy to Nan Weiner, Executive Director/"Federal Appointments Screening Committee")

November 5, 2003 letter from Mark Ustin, Assistant Counsel/Governor Pataki-Records Access Officer

December 5, 2003 letter to W. Brooks DeBow, Deputy Counsel/Governor Pataki --
"RE" CJA's January 14, 2003 and January 16, 2003 Requests, Including Pursuant to F.O.I.L. and Judiciary Law 63.4, for Publicly-Available Materials Pertaining to Court of Claims Presiding Judge Susan P. Read to the New York Court of Appeals"

Deputy Counsel DeBow's December 19, 2003 letter --
"RE: FOIL Appeal 2003-5 (FOIL Appeal Request Dated December 5, 2003 and Received on December 5, 2003)"

CJA's December 26, 2003 letter to Deputy Counsel DeBow

  (indicated copy to Committee on Open Government) -- "RE: 'FOIL APPEAL 2003-5': CJA's January 14, 2003 and January 16, 2003 Requests, Including Pursuant to F.O.I.L. and Judiciary Law 63.4, for Publicly-Available Materials Pertaining to Court of Claims Presiding Judge Susan P. Read to the New York Court of Appeals"


 

CASE STUDY
OF THE PRESS IN ACTION

THE NEW YORK TIMES

CJA's January 21, 2003 fax to James McKinley, Jr.

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to James McKinley, Jr. -- RE: "CJA's testimony in opposition to Read confirmation"
  --
CJA's January 22, 2003 written testimony 

CJA's January 29, 2003 letter to James McKinley, Jr. -- RE: "Essential News & Editorial Coverage: The Corruption of 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals -- The Senate Judiciary Committee's Role"

CJA's January 29, 2003 memo to the Editorial Board -- RE: "Essential News & Editorial Coverage: The Corruption of 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals -- The Senate Judiciary Committee's Role"

CJA's February 7, 2003 e-mail to Eleanor Randolph, Editorial Board -- RE: "Vindicating the Public's Rights by Your Powerful Editorial Voice"


NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL

CJA's January 21, 2003 letter to John Caher -- "RE: Vindicating the Public's Rights to 'Merit Selection': CJA's Opposition to Confirmation of Susan P. Read to the Court of Appeals"

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to John Caher -- "Subj: CJA testimony in opposition to Read confirmation"

NYLJ's January 23, 2003 front-page picture of Judge Read at confirmation hearing, captioned, "Smooth Sailing"

CJA's March 14, 2003 letter & e-mail to Kris Fischer -- "RE: The New York Law Journal's 'Service' to the Legal Community"



ASSOCIATED PRESS

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to Mike Gormley, Joel Stashenko -- "RE: CJA testimony in opposition to Read Confirmation"
  -- transmitting CJA's testimony in opposition to confirmation of Susan Read for the NY Court of Appeals

CJA's January 25, 2003 letter to Rick Stevens (News Editor/NYS) -- "RE: Endorsing and Authorizing an Associated Press expose of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee"
     
         
CJA's February 12, 2003 letter to Rick Stevens (News Editor/NYS) -- "RE: Endorsing and Authorizing an Associated Press expose of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee"


LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE

CJA's January 28, 2003 letter to James Gormley, Assistant Managing Editor -- "RE: Proposal for Professor Chartock's 'Publisher's Corner', etc."
   
CJA's February 12, 2003 letter to Alan Chartock, Publisher & Project Director -- "RE: Proposal for your 'Publisher's Corner', etc."
 



CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to Gannett, Newsday, NY Post, NY Daily News

CJA's January 28, 2003 to Syracuse Post-Standard/Editorial

 


OTHER "MERIT SELECTION" COURT OF APPEALS APPOINTMENTS



HOWARD A. LEVINE
1993

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
1993-initial appointment

ALBERT M. ROSENBLATT  
1998

VICTORIA A. GRAFFEO

2000

SUSAN P. READ
2003
(you are here)

ROBERT S. SMITH
2004

EUGENE F. PIGOTT, JR.
2006


THEODORE T. JONES, JR.
2007


JUDITH S. KAYE
2007

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
2007-reappointment

JONATHAN LIPPMAN
2009

JANET DiFIORE
2015-2016

 

 

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