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Documents Substantiating CJA's December 16, 2002 letter to Senate Majority & Minority Leaders in Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Governor Pataki's Nomination of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman James J. Lack to the Court of Claims


 

 

I.   JUANITA BING NEWTON, renominated by Governor Pataski to the Court of Claims on May 30, 1996, confirmed by the Senate on June 11, 1996


(1) CJA's April 18, 1996 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel David Gruenberg -- "RE: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Judge Newton, Member, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct" 
      Ex. A:  NYLJ item, April 11, 1996
      Ex B: CJA's repeatedly refaxed January 10, 1996 fax & CJA's March 29, 1996 letter
      Ex. C: "Pataki's Secrets", op-ed by Andrea Bernstein, NYT, 3/23/96
      Ex. D: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", letter to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995
      Ex. E: "State politicians to scrutinize judicial-conduct panel", NY Post, March 1, 1996
      Ex. F: CJA's analysis of fraudulent decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission     


(2)  CJA's April 29, 1996 letter to Michael Finnegan, Counsel to Governor Pataki, to which Mr. Gruenberg was an indicated recipient  
      Ex. A: CJA's repeatedly refaxed January 10, 1996 fax
      Ex. B: CJA's March 29, 1996 & April 24, 1996 letters to Mr. Finnegan
      Ex. C:  NYLJ item, June 29, 1995
      Ex. D: CJA's April 18, 1996 letter to David Gruenberg
      Ex. E: Executive Order #10: Judicial Screening Committees
      Ex. F: Executive Order #11: Temporary Judicial Screening Committee



(3)  CJA's hand-delivery on May 7, 1996 of a copy of the record of Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of NY     plus handwritten-note


(4) CJA's June 6, 1996 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee counsel Gruenberg  



(5)  CJA's June 11, 1996 letter to NYS Senators -- "RE: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Governor Pataki's Judicial Nominees and, in particular, to Judge Juanita Bing Newton"  
       Ex. A: CJA's April 18, 1996 letter to David Gruenberg
       Ex. B: CJA's April 29, 1996 letter to Michael Finnegan


(6)  CJA's June 12, 1996 letter to Governor's Counsel Michael Finnegan 
 

 

 

II.  ANDREW O'ROURKE, nominated by Governor Pataki to the Court on Claims on December 12, 1997, confirmed by the Senate on January 11, 1998

 

(1) CJA's January 2, 1998 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee   
      Ex A: "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, 12/22/97
      Ex. B:  CJA's December 22, 1993 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee counsel
      Ex. C:  CJA's December 18, 1997 letter to Secretary of the Senate

                           ENCLOSING:
          (a) CJA's December 23, 1997 letter to Counsel/Governor Pataki 
  
                        Ex. A: CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki
                          Ex. B: CJA's December 3, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
                          Ex. C: CJA's December 12, 1997 letter to Nan Weiner
                          Ex. D: CJA's December 15, 1997 letter to Paul Shechtman
                          Ex. E: CJA's December 15, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
                          Ex. F:  NYLJ, ad, Novembeer 20, 1997
                          Ex. G-1:  "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge",

                                            letter to editor by Eli Vigliano, Esq., Gannett, December 3, 1997
                          Ex. G-2: "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, December 22, 1997
          (b) CJA's December 26, 1997 letter to Andrew O'Rourke -
                -- enclosing: 
                           NJC's November 2, 1992 letter to reporter Ed Tagliaferri, Gannett
                          "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", letter to editor, Gannett, December 3, 1997
                          "Untrustworthy Ratings?", letter to editor, NYT, July 17, 1992
                          "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, December 22, 1997

 
          (c) CJA's December 29, 1997 memo to Members of Governor Pataki's State Judicial Screening Committee --- transmitting to each member a copy of NJC's May 1, 1992 critique & compendium of exhibits & June 2,1992 letter to US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell

 

(2)  CJA's January 9, 1998 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee  
    
(3)  CJA's January 13, 1998 notice to Senators "WHY YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST SENATE CONFIRMATION OF ANDREW O'ROURKE TO A $113,000 COURT OF CLAIMS JUDGESHIP" (hand-delivered to virtually every Senator's office)

 

III.  ALBERT ROSENBLATT, appointed by Governor Pataki to the Court of Appeals on December 10, 1998, confirmed by the Seante on December 17, 1998

 

(1)    CJA's December 16, 1998 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel Gruenberg 



IV.  VICTORIA GRAFFEO, appointed by Governor Pataki to the Court of Appeals on November 2, 2000, confirmed by the Senate on November 29, 2000 

(1)  CJA's November 13, 2000 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack and Justice Graffeo -- "RE: The Public's Right to 'Hear' and "Be Heard" at the Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"
             TRANSMITTING:

CJA's OCTOBER 16, 2000 REPORT ON THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION" BY THE NYS COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION

     Ex. A-1: "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals",
                          CJA's letter to the editor, NYPost, December 28, 1998
      Ex. A-2: CJA's March 26,1999 ethics complaint to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Ex. B:  CJA's September 15, 1999 ethics complaint/supplement to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Ex. C-1: CJA's October 16, 2000 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. C-2: Commission on Judicial Nomination's October 4, 2000 report of recommendees
      Ex. D-1:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. D-2:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. D-3:  October 13, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. E-1: February 24, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination,
                        
enclosing Commission's November 12, 1998 report of recommendees

      Ex. E-2:  CJA's March 12, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. F:  CJA's February 5, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex A-1:  November 25, 1998 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A-2: CJA's December 1, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. B:  CJA's December 16, 1998 letter to Senior Counsel/NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
          Ex. C:  "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", NY Post, December 28, 1998
          Ex. D:  CJA's January 13, 1999 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee/Clerk
      Ex. G-1: April 26, 1999 letter of Exec.Director/NYS Committee on Open Government
      Ex. G-2: CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex. H: CJA's October 5, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A: NYLJ notices, September 15, 1998, September 21, 1998
          Ex. B-1: Commission on Judicial Nomination brochure
          Ex. B-2-5: Commission on Judicial Nomination questionnaire
          Ex. C: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 ad, NYT, October 26, 1994 
          Ex. D: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom and on the Public Payroll",
                    CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, August 27, 1997
          Ex. E-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", NYLJ, August 14, 1995
          Ex. E-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, November 20, 1996
          Ex. F:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's letter to editor, NYT, November 16, 1996
      Ex. I: CJA's October 18, 1998 letter to Exec. Committee/City Bar
      Ex. J-1:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", letter to the editor, NYT, Novemer 16, 1996
      Ex. J-2: CJA's June 12, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki
      Ex. J-3: CJA's June 11, 1996 letter to NYS Senate
          Ex.  A: CJA's April 18, 1996 letter to Counsel/Senate Judiciary Committee
                Ex. D: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", NYLJ, August 14, 1995
                Ex. F:  CJA's 3-page analysis of decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission
          Ex. B:  CJA's April 29, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki 
     
Ex. K:  NYS Assembly Bill: February 23, 1983 

INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER A:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Stephen Crane as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals

INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER B:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Juanita Bing Newton as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals

 

CJA's NOVEMBER 13, 2000 REPORT ON THE COMPLICITY OF THE BAR ASSOCIATIONS IN THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION"
  
   Ex. A-1: City Bar President Evan Davis' October 18, 2000 letter to Governor Pataki, with accompanying October 18, 2000 press release
       Ex. A-2: October 19, 2000 front-page item, NYLJ
       Ex. A-3:  CJA's October 16, 2000 fax coversheet to City Bar Counsel
       Ex. A-4: CJA's October 19, 2000 fax to City Bar Counsel
       Ex. A-5:  October 19, 2000 fax from City Bar Counsel
       Ex. A-6:  October 25, 2000 fax coversheet from City Bar Counsel, enclosing member rosters
       Ex. A-7:  November 17, 1998 fax from City Bar Counsel with Executive Committee membership
       Ex. B-1: State Bar President's October 24, 2000 letter to Gov. Pataki
                          with accompanying "Guidelines for Evaluating Qualifications of Judicial Candidates"
      
Ex. B-2: State Bar's October 24, 2000 "News Release"

       Ex. B-3: October 25, 2000 NYLJ front page item on State Bar's ratings
       Ex. B-4: CJA's October 25, 2000 fax to State Bar counsel
       Ex. B-5: State Bar membership list of its Executive Committee & Judicial Selection Committee
       Ex. B-6: State bar President's November 2, 2000 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
       Ex. C-1: Women's Bar Association's October 20, 2000 "Media Advisory"
       Ex. C-2: October 23, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Women's Bar ratings
       Ex. C-3: CJA's October 23, 2000 letter to Women's Bar
       Ex. C-4: website of Women's Bar listing its officers & past presidents
       Ex. D-1: October 20, 2000 letter from President/NYS Trial Lawyers Association to Gov. Pataki's counsel
       Ex. D-2: Trial Lawyers' October 20, 2000 "News Release"
       Ex. D-3: October 24, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Trial Lawyers' ratings
       Ex. D-4: CJA's October 24, 2000 letter-fax to Trial Lawyers
       Ex. E: "Court of Appeals Nominees Grilled by Bar Groups", 10/17/00 front-page article, NYLJ
       Ex. F-1: Gov Pataki's November 2, 2000 press release: "Governor Pataki Nominates Graffeo to
                          Court of Appeals"
       Ex. F-2: "Pataki Selects Judge for Appeals Court He Sees as Lenient", NYT, November 3, 2000
       Ex. F-3: "Pataki Names Graffeo to Court of Appeals", NYLJ, November 11, 2000
       Ex. G: CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to Cit Bar President Evan Davis
       Ex. H-1: CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to Guy Miller Struve & P. Kevin Castel
       Ex. H-2: November 3, 2000 front-page item/NYLJ
       Ex. I-1: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Chairman/NYS Bar's Judicial Selection Committee
       Ex. I-2: CJA's January 4, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Ex. I-3: CJA's February 17, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Ex. I-4: February 18, 1999 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Ex. J-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?"
       Ex. J-2: June 1, 1995 letter to Chairman/State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline
       Ex. J-3: June 5, 1995 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Ex. K: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Co-Chair/Women's Bar Judiciary Committee/
                        with fax coversheets to her & her Co-Chair, and Women's Bar President
 

 

(2) CJA's November 21, 2000 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack

 

V.  WILLIAM WETZEL, nominated by Governor Pataki to the Court of Claims on June 12, 2001, confirmed by the Senate on June 20, 2001

 

(1) CJA's June 17, 2001 letter to Chairman Lack/Senate Judiciary Committee 
        Ex. A: Gov Pataki's press release announcing Wetzel's nomination & NYLJ item, 6/15/01
        Ex. B: CJA's November 13, 2000 letter to Chairman Lack
        Ex. C-1: CJA's February 24, 2000 letter to Gov. Pataki -- ATT: Nan Weiner
        Ex. C-2: CJA's March 7, 2000 letter to Gov. Pataki -- ATT: Nan Weiner
        Ex. C-3: CJA's March 17, 2000 memo -- sent to Gov. Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire
        Ex. C-4: CJA's April 24, 2000 memo -- sent to Gov. Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire
        Ex. C-5: CJA's October 24, 2000 letter to Gov. Pataki -- ATT: James McGuire
        Ex. D:  CJA's March 27, 2001 letter to Ethics Commission
        Ex. E-1: CJA's March 30, 2001 letter to Nan Weiner
        Ex. E-2: Gov. Pataki's March 15, 2001 press announcement on App. Div. designations 
        Ex. F-1: CJA's March 30, 2001 letter to Gov Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-2: April 5, 2001 letter of Gov. Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-3: May 4, 2001 letter of Gov Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-4: May 17, 2001 letter of Gov. Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-5: CJA's June 4, 2001 letter to Gov. Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-6: June 11, 2001 letter of Gov. Pataki's records access officer
        Ex. F-7: December 15, 1999 "Appointment Report" of 2nd Dept. Judicial Screening Committee for Justice Crane 

              -- 
transmitting to appellate papers in Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission
 :  (1)  appellate brief & appendix;  (2) Attorney General's opposition brief; (3) CJA's 66-page critique of Attorney General's opposition brief


(2)   CJA's June 19, 2001 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack & its four enclosures:
  (i) CJA's June 18, 2001 letter to Nan Weiner, Executive Director/Governor Pataki's Judicial Screening Committees;  (ii) CJA's June 18, 2001 letter to Paul Shechtman, Chairman/Governor Pataki's State Judicial Screening Committee; (iii) CJA's June 18, 2001 letter to Attorney General Spitzer; (iv) CJA's June 18, 2001 letter to NYS Bar Association President Steven Krane, City Bar President Evan Davis, and Steven Zeidman, Executive Director/Fund for Modern Courts 

(3)   CJA's June 21, 2001 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee 

(4)  CJA's June 21, 2001 letter to Nan Weiner, Executive Director/Governor Pataki's Judicial Screening Committees 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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