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Paper Trail of Suppression, Protectionism, & Blackballing

1993

CJA's October 6, 1993 fax to John Caher
      SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Levine

CJA's October 28, 1993 fax to John Caher

CJA's November 23, 1993 letter to John Caher

CJA's December 9, 1993 fax to John Caher
        
CJA's December 13, 1993 fax to John Caher

CJA's December 15, 1993 fax to John Caher

1996

CJA's August 23, 1996 letter to John Caher
  -- enclosing Governor Pataki's classified ad, Albany Times Union, 8/11/96
      "Pataki panel seeks applicants for Kahn seat on state bench", Albany Times Union, 8/13/96
      "What a way to pick judges", Albany Times Union editorial, 8/13/96

1997

CJA's April 17, 1997 memo-notice -- "RE: New York State Ethics Commission"
        -- enclosing CJA's April 15, 1997 memo to Governor Pataki

CJA's August 27, 1997 press release to Assignment Desk

1998

CJA's December 15, 1998 letter to John Caher -- "RE: Governor Pataki's nomination of Albert Rosenblatt to the Court of Appeals"
    SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NYS: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Rosenblatt

CJA's December 17, 1998 fax to John Caher -- "RE: Without-Notice, Non-Public Confirmation Hearing of Albert Rosenblatt"

2001

CJA's June 19, 2001 letter to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor  -- RE: Tomorrow's Confirmation 'Hearing' for Court of Claims Judge William A. Wetzel, Scheduled for Tomorrow, 10 a.m."
        
 SEE: Judicial Selection - NYS - Wetzel
          Test Cases - State (Commission)


2002

CJA's February 5, 2002 letter to Howard Healy, Editorial Page Editor -- "RE: Your Current Editorial Series on the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"
   
     Test Cases - State (Commission)

CJA's February 6, 2002 letter to Howard Healy, Editorial Page Editor -- "RE: Your Current Editorial Series on the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

CJA's February 8, 2002 letter to Howard Healy, Editorial Page Editor -- "RE: Your Now-Concluded Editorial Series on the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct & the Future of the Appellate Papers in my Public Interest Lawsuit against the Commission"

CJA's February 8, 2002 letter to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor  -- "RE: The Readily-Verifiable Corruption of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct -- and its Powerful Electoral Consequences on Governor Pataki and Attorney General Spitzer"

CJA's February 12, 2002 letter to Howard Healy, Editorial Page Editor -- RE: "Proposed Letter to the Editor: Response to Chief Judge Kaye's published column, 'State Judicial System is Accountable to the Public' (2/10/02) and your editorial series on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"

CJA's February 12, 2002 e-mail to Howard Healy, Editorial Page Editor -- "Subj: Plea on Behalf of Proposed Letter to the Editor"

CJA's February 12, 2002 fax to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- RE: Corruption of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

Mr. Jochnowitz's February 12, 2002 e-mail to CJA -- "Subj: RE: Plea on Behalf of Proposed Letter to the Editor"

CJA's February 12, 2002 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "RE: Plea on Behalf of Proposed Letter to the Editor"

CJA's April 26, 2002 letter to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "RE: 'Law Day': May 1st: and Beyond"
  -- enclosing Law Day information
                    pp. 4-7 of Comptroller's 1989 report "Not Accountable to the Public"
                    CJA's October 26, 2001 ltr to Senator Paterson
                    CJA's December 19, 2001 FOIL request
                    CJA's letter to the editor, "Sitting in Judgment", Metroland, 3/01
                   
CJA's May 10, 2002 letter to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "RE: The Readily-Verifiable Corruption of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct -- and its Powerful Electoral Consequences on Governor Pataki and Attorney General Spitzer"

CJA's June 26, 2002 e-mail from Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "Subj: Lawsuit"

CJA's June 26, 2002 letter to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "RE: Providing Albany Times readers with the REAL Attorney General Spitzer -- NOT the 'P.R.' version"
  -- enclosing June 17, 2002 motion for sanctions against A.G. Spitzer
           transcript of January 27, 1999 exchange with A.G. Spitzer
           "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
          
CJA's September 13, 2002 letter to Robert Brill, City Desk Editor -- "RE: An Investigative Expose of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct -- based on the readily-verifiable evidence of its corruption presented by the public interest lawsuit pending before the NYS Court of Appeals"
   -- enclosing "Gavel falls on judges", Times Union, 7/26/02
        pp. 1-7 of 1989 Comptroller's report, "Not Accountable to the Public"

CJA's September 13, 2002 letter to Andrew Tilghman

Mr. Tilghman's September 16, 2002 e-mail to CJA -- "Subj: TU"

CJA's September 18, 2002 e-mail & fax to Andrew Tilghman -- "Subj: Your PRIZE-WINNING expose of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

CJA's September 25, 2002 letter to Andrew Tilghman -- "RE: The Readily-Verifiable Evidence Of The Corruption Of The NYS Commission On Judicial Conduct -- And Its Cover-Up By All Levels Of This State's Judiciary"
  -- Ct of Appeals' September 12, 2002 orders
  -- pages from May 1, 2002 disqualification motion
  -- Judiciary Law 14
  -- "Appeal for Justice", Metroland, April 25-May 1, 2002

CJA's September 25, 2002 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor -- "Subj: Election Coverage: The REAL A.G. Spitzer -- NOT the P.R. Version"

CJA's September 25, 2002 letter to Jay Jochnowitz -- "RE: ELECTION COVERAGE: Exposing the REAL Attorney General Spitzer -- not the P.R. version"
    
 SEE:   Searching for Champions - State-NY: Governor Pataki
               
Searching for Champions - State-NY: Attorney General Spitzer
               
Test Cases - State (Commission)
               
Searching for Champions - State-NY: Ethics Commission
               
Searching for Champions - State-NY: U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern & Southern Districts of NY
               
Searching for Champions - State-NY: Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau
               
Judicial Selection - State-NY


December 11, 2002:
REPORTER ANDREW TILGHMAN WAS AT THE FORUM on the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct, co-sponsored by the NYS Bar Association & the Fund for Modern Courts.  He heard Sassower's two-fold question.

December 12, 2002 article by Andrew Tilghman, "Judicial oversight has its limits"

CJA's December 16, 2002 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz, James Odato -- "Subj: Stopping Tomorrow's 'Rubber Stamp' Senate Confirmation"

REPORTER ANDREW TILGHMAN WAS AT THE HEARING (sitting next to Elena Sassower !) & witnessed Sassower assert the public's right to a stenographic record and to be heard in opposition, & received from her, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's December 16, 2002 letter to Senate leadership: Senate Majority Leader Bruno, Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor, & Senate Minority Leader-Elect David Paterson

December 18, 2002 article by Andrew Tilghman, "Senators confirm one of their own"


2003

CJA's January 15, 2003 letter to Andrew Tilghman -- "RE: Making 2003 the Year of Reform in Judicial Selection and Discipline -- CAN HAPPEN IF THE PRESS DOES ITS JOB"
  -- A. Rene Hollyer's August 22, 2002 published ltr
  -- "Gavel falls on judges", July 26, 2002
  -- CJA's November 31, 2001 ltr to A. Rene Hollyer
  -- A. Rene Hollyer's April 22, 2002 ltr to CJA
  -- CJA's question at December 11, 2002 "Judging the Judges" program
  -- pages from October 24, 2002 motion for leave to appeal
  -- CJA's January 14, 2003 ltr to Chairman DeFrancisco
  -- "Judicial conduct panelists hear complaint", Legislative Gazette, December 16, 2002

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz, James Odato, Andrew Tilghman -- "Subj: CJA testimony in opposition to Read confirmation to Ct of Appeals"
        SEE: Judicial Selection - State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection"  to NY's Highest State Court - Read


2004

January 13, 2004 article "Lawmakers sign off on Pataki's pick" by James Odato

Andrew Tilghman's May 18, 2004 e-mail  "Subject: Albany Times Union"


2006

CJA's August 25, 2006 memo to Joanne Crupi (Editorial Page Editor) & Jay Jochnowitz (State Bureau Chief) -- "RE:  YOUR UPCOMING EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENTS AND ONGOING ELECTION COVERAGE: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"

September 6, 2006 -- James Odato given, in hand, a copy of CJA's September 1, 2006 memo-letter to the attorney general candidates  PLUS CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to the attorney general candidates

September 7, 2006 article by James Odato, "Tension is high at final debate"

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to reporter James Odato & Albany Bureau Chief Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"
     
SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Pigott

REPORTER RICK KARLIN WAS AT THE HEARING (sitting next to Elena Sassower !) -- & received, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003

LATER, Albany Bureau Chief Jochnowitz, in his Capitol office, personally received a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix -- as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003

September 15, 2006 article, "A voice of justice bids farewell" by reporters Michele Morgan Bolton and Rick Karlin

   -- also running September 14, 2006 AP article by Mark Johnson "High court pick backs separation of powers"

Senate confirmation reported by September 15, 2006 AP article by Michael Gormley "Senate moves to require greater mental health coverage"

Senate Confirmation reported by James Odato's September 16, 2006 article "Pataki leaving legacy of posts"


CJA's September 28, 2006 letter to Rick Karlin -- "RE: The Timely, Electorally-Explosive, & Readily-Verifiable Documentary Evidence of the Corruption of 'Merit Selection to NY's Highest State Court: Bringing Down NY Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco, Would-Be Senate Minority Leaders Malcolm Smith & Eric Schneiderman --and Would-Be Governor Eliot Spitzer, Among Others"
       [indicated copies to Jay Jochnowitz, James Odato, Elizabeth Benjamin]

CJA's October 4, 2006 e-mail to Rick Karlin -- "Subject: Awaiting your responses, etc."
           [indicated copies to Jochnowitz, Odato, Benjamin]

October 4, 2006 e-mail from Albany Times-Union State Editor Jay Jochnowitz --"Subject: RE: Awaiting your responses, etc."
             [indicated copies to Odato, Benjamin, Karlin]

CJA's October 8, 2006 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: Again, Awaiting Your Responses, Etc."
             [indicated copies to Odato, Benjamin, Karlin]


October 11, 2006 e-mail from Jay Jochnowitz -- "RE: Again, Awaiting Your Responses, Etc."

October 27, 2006 memo  -- "RE: THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE HEVESI SCANDAL -- AND THE MORE SIGNIFICANT YET-TO-BE REPORTED SCANDALS that will throw open the non-competitive statewide races for Governor and Senator -- & the hardly competitive race for Attorney General -- for the benefit of all New Yorkers     

October 30, 2006 memo -- "RE: THE HEVESI SCANDAL -- AND THE PLATFORM OF DECEIT UPON THE PUBLIC IT IS PROVIDING TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SPITZER & GOVERNOR PATAKI, AMONG OTHERS"


2007

             SEE: Judicial Selection-NYS-"Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals-Jones

February 7, 2007: "Spitzer reappoints Kaye as chief judge" by Michele Morgan Bolton

February 12, 2007: "Justice and Gov. Spitzer", editorial

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

CJA's February 21, 2007 letter to Elizabeth Benjamin -- RE: FACTUAL ERROR: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION -- 'Egan among Spitzer's selections', February 15, 2007"
    [indicated copies to Associate Editor Mark Spain, State Editor Jay Jochnowitz, Reporter James Odato, and Reporter Michele Morgan Bolton]
            
SEE: Judicial Selection-NYS-"Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals-Kaye

February 21, 2007 e-mail from Michele Morgan Bolton -- "Subject: RE: FACTUAL ERROR: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION: February 15, 2007 article -- Senate Confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye to NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 21, 2007 e-mail to Michele Morgan Bolton -- "Subject: THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ACKNOWLEDGMENT -- RE: FACTUAL ERROR: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION: February 15, 2007 article -- Senate Confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye to NY Court of Appeals"

February 22, 2007 e-mail from Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: RE: Revised letter -- FACTUAL ERROR: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION: February 15, 2007 article -- Senate Confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye to NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 22, 2007 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: March 6, 2007 Hearing on Judge Kaye's confirmation -- RE: Revised letter -- FACTUAL ERROR: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION: February 15, 2007 article -- Senate Confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye to NY Court of Appeals"
    [indicated copies to Elizabeth Benjamin, Mark Spain, James Odato, and Michele Morgan Bolton]

CJA's February 22, 2007 memo to Associate Editor Mark Spain, State Editor Jay Jochnowitz, & Reporter James Odato -- "RE: Background to Times Union coverage of Senate confirmation of Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. as associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals -- and to its February 15, 2007 article 'Egan among Spitzer's selections", falsely reporting on Senate confirmation of the reappointment of Chief Judge Kaye to the New York Court of Appeals"
    [indicated copies to Elizabeth Benjamin, Michele Morgan Bolton, Rick Karlin]

CJA's February 22, 2007 transmitting e-mail to Mark Spain, Jay Jochnowitz, & Jay Odato -- "Subject: Background to Times Union Coverage -- & its February 15, 2007 article falsely reporting on Senate confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye"
    [indicated copies to Elizabeth Benjamin, Michele Morgan Bolton, Rick Karlin]

February 22, 2007 e-mail from Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: RE: Background to Times Union Coverage -- & its February 15, 2007 article falsely reporting on Senate confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye"

CJA's February 23, 2007 e-mail to Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: Chief Judge Kaye LIED on two motions for her disqualification in two public interest cases"
        [indicated copies to Mark Spain, Elizabeth Benjamin, Michele Morgan Bolton, Rick Karlin]

Jay Jochnowitz' February 28, 2007 e-mail -- "Subject: RE: Chief Judge Kaye LIED on two motions for her disqualification in two public interest cases"

CJA's March 6, 2007 e-mail to Mark Aldam (Publisher), Rex Smith (Editor), Joanne Crupi (Editorial Page Editor), Michael Spain (Associate Editor), Jay Jochnowitz (State Bureau Chief), Michele Morgan Bolton, Jim Odato, Elizabeth Benjamin, Rick Karlin

March 6, 2007:  "Kaye Gets Confirmed, But With Opposition" by James Odato -- Capitol Confidential Blog
 

 

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