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CJA's ADVOCACY AT SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS ON "MERIT SELECTION"
TO THE NY COURT OF APPEALS

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

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

CJA's January 26, 2009 letter to 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"           

HEARING #1:  
January 27, 2009:  Albany, New York
Transcript:
CJA testimony -- pp. 73-91

primary-source evidence substantiating CJA's testimony
of the corruption of "merit selection" to the NY Court of Appeals:

HOWARD A. LEVINE - 1993

C
ARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK - 1993

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


JUDITH S. KAYE - 2007

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK - 2007

JONATHAN LIPPMAN - 2009

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
 

HEARING #4:  
June 5, 2009:   Brooklyn, New York

VIDEO: Part 1 
Video: Part 2 -- containing CJA's testimony  (in two separate parts:
at 00 -18:27 & at 42:05 - 51:51)


Press coverage:

        Background to first hearing:

"Judge nominee list doesn't appeal to Gov. Paterson", Daily News, December 1, 2008 (Kenneth Lovett)

"Panel Gives Paterson Seven Names for Top Judge", New York Times, December 2, 2008 (Sam Roberts)

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

"Judith Kaye's Example", New York Times, December 14, 2008 (editorial)

"Lippman to be Named State's Chief Judge", New York Times, January 13, 2008 (John Eligon & Sewell Chan) (City Room blog)

"Paterson Criticizes Panel for Its Judicial Selections", New York Times, December 4, 2008 (Jeremy Peters)

"N.Y. Governor 'Outraged' by All-Male Court Picks", New York Law Journal, December 4, 2008 (Joel Stashenko)

"Lippman Will be Chief Judge, Senate Will Look Into Process", New York Observer, January 13, 2008 (Jimmy Vielkind)
 

      Coverage of first hearing:

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

"Lawmakers fault top court selection process", Associated Press, January 27, 2009 (Michael Virtanen)

"Supporters of Court of Appeals Nominating System Urge Caution", New York Law Journal, January 28, 2009 (Joel Stashenko)
 

OTHER HEARINGS & COVERAGE:

HEARING #2:  
February 3, 2009:  Albany, New York
Transcript:  Commission on Judicial Nomination Chairman John O'Mara

Chairman O'Mara's written testimony, February 3, 2009

"Judicial Nomination Chair Set to Testify in Albany", New York Law Journal, February 3, 2009 (Joel Stashenko)

"Applicants for Court of Appeals Falling, Nominating Panel Head Says", New York Law Journal, February 4, 2009 (Joel Stashenko)

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"

HEARING #3:  
May 21, 2009:  Buffalo, New York
HEARING VIDEO

Transcript

 

 
 

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