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Skewing & Subverting the Electoral Process --

PRESS PROTECTIONISM OF

SENATORS CHARLES SCHUMER & HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES "Expect the World"

In "Clinton's Popularity Up in State, Even Among Republicans" (New York Times, front-page metro, 2/22/05), Raymond Hernandez wrote that Senator Schumer won re-election in November 2004 "with a record 71 percent of the vote". 

This landslide victory was DIRECTLY attributable to Mr. Hernandez and Times "protectionism" of Senator Schumer.  Had they discharged their journalistic responsibilities by reporting on -- and examining -- CJA's Paper Trail to Jail in the "disruption of Congress" case, both Senator Schumer & Senator Clinton would have been brought down in a major political scandal, to the benefit of the People of the State of New York and the nation.


CJA's July 29, 2005 letter to NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller on "Being True to the First Amendment by reporting on the readily-verifiable evidence...of the corruption of the processes of judicial selection & discipline and the complicity of our highest public officers, including those seeking re-election or further public office -- New York Home-State Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton...among them..."  
    Fn #7 (at p. 7): "Analysis of Times coverage would show it is heavily weighted to reporting on speculation, on political power brokers who support the incumbents or who are commenting on their prospects, on the incumbents' fundraising, on their politically-expedient posturings and positions  -- for which, by virtue of their public office, they get added free publicity -- and on polls.  The polls would tumble, as likewise the fundraising, if the public were informed of the records of these public officers with respect to judicial selection and discipline"

--accompanying analysis of The Times' knowingly false, defamatory, and cover-up column "When the Judge Sledgehammered The Gadfly" 

 
SEE: CJA's "Paper Trail" of Times' suppression, protectionism, and blackballing
  SEE
Paper Trail to Jail in "Disruption of Congress" Case

 

CJA's August 16, 2005 memo on "Collaboratively Moving Forward"  -- enclosing, for NYT Publisher Sulzberger, as The NYT's "MOST IMPORTANT man", the "MOST IMPORTANT primary source document" on the Paper Trail to Jail in "Disruption of Congress" Case

CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement particularizing the documentary evidence of NY Court of Appeals Judge Richard Wesley's corruption, causing vast and irreparable injury to the People of the State of New York & THE SUBSTANTIATING TWO FINAL MOTIONS in Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission:

(1)  Elena Sassower's October 15, 2002 motion for reargument, vacatur for fraud, lack of jurisdiction,
        disclosure & other relief

Exhibit A:  Sassower's October 7, 2002 letter to Chief Motion Clerk
Exhibit B-1: Court of Appeals' September 12, 2002 decision/order (#581)
Exhibit B-2: Sassower's May 1, 2002 notice of motion for
                  disqualification/disclosure & pp. 1-8 of moving affidavit

Exhibit C-1: Ct of Appeals' September 12, 2002 decision/order (#719)
Exhibit C-2: Sassower's May 1, 2002 notice of appeal
Exhibit C-3: Sassower's June 17, 2002 notice of motion for sanctions,
                  etc. vs. Attorney General

Exhibit D: NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Kaye,
                95 NY2d 556 (2000)
Exhibit E-1: Ct of Appeals' decision/order in Schulz v. NYS Legislature
                  (Mo.# 1075)

Exhibit E-2 Schulz v. NYS Legislature, 92 NY2d 917 (1998)
Exhibit F-1: Sims v. NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct,
                  62 NY2d 884 (1984)

Exhibit F-2: NY Criminal and Civil Bar Association v. NY,
                  46 NY2d 730 (1978)

Exhibit G: Robert Schulz' August 17, 1998 disqualification motion
                in Schulz v. NYS Legislature

(2)  Elena Sassower's October 24, 2002 motion for leave to appeal

          Exhibit A-1: Appellate Division's December 18, 2001 decision/order
          Exhibit A-2: Appellate Division's March 26, 2002 order
          Exhibit B-1: Ct of Appeals' September 12, 2002 decision/order on
                            disqualification (#581)

Exhibit B-2: Ct of Appeals' September 12, 2002 decision/order on notice
                  of appeal and sanctions (#719)
Exhibit C: Justice Wetzel's January 31, 2000 decision/order
Exhibit D: Justice Cahn's July 13, 1995 decision/order
                in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission
Exhibit E: Justice Lehner's September 30, 1999 decision/order
                in Mantell v. Commission
Exhibit F:  Appellate Division's November 16, 2000 decision/order
                in Mantell v. Commission
Exhibit G: CJA's March 3, 2000 letter to Chief Judge Kaye,
                with inventory of transmitted record
Exhibit H:  3-page analysis of Cahn's July 13, 1995 decision
                in Doris Sassower v. Commission
Exhibit I:  13-page analysis of Justice Lehner's September 30, 1999
               decision in Mantell v. Commission
Exhibit J:  March 27, 2000 ltr of Counsel, Unified Court System
Exhibit K: 1-page analysis of Appellate Division's December 16, 2000
              decision in Mantell v. Commission
Exhibit L-1: 19-page analysis of Appellate Division's December 18, 2001
                  decision (1/7/02 notice-complaint)
Exhibit L-2: Commission's February 27, 2002 acknowledgment letter
Exhibit M-1: "I rise in defense of state courts", Chief Judge Kaye,
                  Daily News, 1/17/02
Exhibit M-2: "State judicial system is accountable to public",
                   Judge Kaye, Albany Times Union, 2/10/02

        
Background Correspondence with THE NEW YORK TIMES Pertaining to Senators Schumer & Clinton:

CJA's June 11, 2003 memo-complaint to the Editorial Board -- RE: "The Scandal of Federal Judicial Selection in the Second Circuit and the Betrayal of the People of the New York by New York Senators Schumer and Clinton -- as Readily-Verifiable from the 'Paper Trail' of Primary-Source Materials Posted on the Home-Page of www.judgewatch.org"
   CJA's e-mail transmittal message
       SEE Paper Trail to Jail in "Disruption of Congress" Case

CJA's June 19, 2003 letter to Allan Siegal, Assistant Managing Editor -- RE: "Ensuring Journalistic Integrity and Quality by Examining How The New York Times Handles Complaints -- Starting with CJA's June 11, 2003 Memorandum-Complaint"

CJA's June 24, 2003 memo to Allan Siegal, Editorial Board, & Washington Bureau Chief Jill Abramson
-- RE: "Superseding June 19, 2003 letter on how The New York Times handles complaints"

CJA's July 31, 2003 e-mail to Greg Brock, Washington News Editor

CJA's  August 13, 2003 e-mail to Ass't to Philip Taubman, Deputy Editorial Page Editor

CJA's August 26, 2003 letter to Jill Abramson, Outgoing Washington Bureau Chief/Incoming Managing Editor for Newsgathering -- RE: "Clarifying Your View of the Supervisory Responsibilities of Times Editors -- Before CJA Takes its Unresponded-to June 11, 2003 Memorandum-Complaint, Embodied and Supplemented by its Unresponded-to June 19, 2003 Letter, to the Soon-To-Be-Appointed Times Ombudsman/'Public Editor'"

CJA's September 25, 2003 letter to Executive Editor Bill Keller -- RE: (1) "Appointing a public editor/ombudsman who will not be a meaningless camouflage for continuing 'journalistic fraud'; (2) Providing a 'role model example' for handling CJA's unresponded-to June 11, 2003 memorandum-complaint, in the absence of a public editor/ombudsman -- or, alternatively, referring it to the public editor/ombudsman as his/her FIRST order of business"

CJA's October 13, 2003 letter to Executive Editor Bill Keller -- RE: "(1) Misconduct complaint against Jonathan Landman for his leading role as metro editor in the 'journalistic fraud' summarized by CJA's June 19, 2003 letter, disentitling him to elevation to the newly-created position of assistant managing editor for enterprise and warranting his discharge; (2) Immediate investigation of the politically-explosive metro-based corruption stories long-suppressed by Mr. Landman -- beginning with the corruption of 'merit selection' to the New York Court of Appeals, as documented by CJA's October 16, 2000 and November 13, 2000 reports and the record then and thereafter in Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York"

CJA's November 1, 2003 letter to Executive Editor Bill Keller -- RE: "Status of CJA's time-sensitive complaints against The Times embodied by its September 25th and October 13th letters to you"

CJA's December 1, 2003 letter to Public Editor Daniel Okrent -- RE: "Bringing Long-Overdue Accountability and Responsiveness to The Times"

CJA's December 24, 2003 e-mail to Public Editor Okrent -- RE: "Center for Judicial Accountability's Long-Standing & Unresponded-to Complaints, embodied by our Unresponded-to December 1st Letter to You"

December 24, 2003 automated e-mail acknowledgment -- "Thank you for your message"

December 24, 2003 e-mail from Arthur Bovino/Office of Public Editor -- RE: "RE: Center for Judicial Accountability's Long-Standing & Unresponded-to Complaints, embodied by our Unresponded-to December 1st Letter to You"

CJA's May 11, 2004 letter to Raymond Hernandez/Washington Bureau -- RE: "Critically Examining the Record of New York Senator Charles Schumer on Judicial Selection, Discipline, and Constituent Services Relating Thereto"
     SEE: "Paper Trail to Jail" in the "disruption of Congress" case

CJA's May 11, 2004 transmitting e-mail to Raymond Hernandez (11:05 a.m.)

Raymond Hernandez' May 11, 2004 acknowledgments (11:42 a.m.) (12:36 p.m.)

CJA's May 11, 2004 fax to Raymond Hernandez (2:30 p.m.)

CJA's May 17, 2004 e-mail to Raymond Hernandez -- RE: "'Judicial Scandal' -- By: Robert Novak"

CJA's May 24, 2004 memo to Gerry Mulaney, Deputy Metro Editor for Politics -- "Proposal to You and ALL Relevant Times Editors Involved in Election Coverage for a Critical Examination of the Record of Senator Charles Schumer on Judicial Selection, Discipline, and Constituent Services Relating Thereto"

CJA's June 17, 2004 e-mail to Daniel Okrent (3:21 p.m.)-- RE: "Complaint of Times' 'Protectionism' of NY Senator Schumer, Arising from Multitudinous Conflicts of Interest..."

CJA's June 17, 2004 complaint to Public Editor Daniel Okrent -- RE: "Times 'Protectionism' of New York Senator Charles Schumer, Arising from its Multitudinous Conflicts of Interest -- Covering Up his Pivotal Role in the Corruption of Judicial Selection and Discipline -- and Depriving New Yorkers of the Information Necessary to their Casting an Intelligent Vote in the 2004 Senate Election"

June 17, 2004 automated e-mail acknowledgment (3:28 p.m.)

Arthur Bovino's June 17, 2004 e-mail to CJA (3:34 p.m.)

CJA's e-mail to June 17, 2004 Arthur Bovino (4:29 p.m.)

Arthur Bovino's June 17, 2004 e-mail to CJA (4:43 p.m.)

CJA's June 17, 2004 e-mail to Arthur Bovino (5:56 p.m.)

Arthur Bovino's June 17, 2004 e-mail to CJA (10:12 p.m.)

CJA's June 18, 2004 e-mail to Arthur Bovino

CJA's June 20, 2004 e-mail to Daniel Okrent

June 21, 2004 e-mail from Daniel Okrent to CJA -- RE: "CJA"

CJA's June 22, 2004 e-mail to Daniel Okrent (9:32 a.m.) -- RE: "Did You Yourself Actually Read CJA's June 17, 2004 Complaint -- and Review the Substantiating Cited Evidence"

Arthur Bovino's June 22, 2004 e-mail to CJA (9:47 a.m.) -- RE:  "RE: 'Did You Yourself Actually Read CJA's June 17, 2004 Complaint -- and Review the Substantiating Cited Evidence'"

CJA's June 22, 2004 e-mail to Mr. Bovino (10:48 a.m.) -- RE: "Does Mr. Okrent Deny or Dispute the Evidentiary Significance of the 'Paper Trail' -- Warranting Times Coverage by ANY OBJECTIVE STANDARD"

Arthur Bovino's June 22, 2004 e-mail to CJA (11:14 a.m.)

CJA's June 22, 2004 e-mail to Arthur Bovino (3:07 p.m.) -- RE: "The 'Matter' is NOT 'CLOSED' -- and Mr. Okrent's Response, as Public Editor, Should be (by) Letter Signed by Him"

CJA's June 25, 2004 e-mail (cc) to Daniel Okrent, Gerry Mulaney, Philip Taubman, Ray Hernandez, Neil Lewis -- RE: "Follow-Up Coverage: 'Disruption of Congress' -- June 28th Sentencing"


Subsequent Correspondence with THE NEW YORK TIMES
            
 SEE: CJA's "Paper Trail" of Times' suppression, protectionism, and blackballing
                   -- culminating in Suing The New York Times -- Verified Complaint


cc: CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to John Spencer, candidate for U.S. Senate 
-- "RE: Informing the Voters: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's readily-verifiable corruption in office, as evidenced by her record on judicial selection and discipline -- covered up by an election-rigging press"
         -- Copies to THE NEW YORK TIMES: Bill Keller, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Jill Abramson, Allan M. Siegal, Jonathan Landman, Philip Taubman, Gail Collins (for sharing with ALL Editorial Board members), Marek Fuchs, and Raymond Hernandez



CJA's April 11, 2006 e-mail to The New York Times' "Talk to the Newsroom: Executive Editor Bill Keller"  -- "RE: QUESTIONS FOR PUBLIC RESPONSE BY BILL KELLER"
  "...as to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, running to be New York's next governor in this year's elections, and New York's Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, running to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate this year while eyeing the 2008 presidential race, WHAT WILL IT TAKE for The Times to investigate their records with respect to the processes of judicial selection and discipline -- and to report its scandalous findings to the voting public?"


cc: CJA's June 19, 2006 letter to Kathleen Troia McFarland, Would-Be Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate from New York
-- "RE: Informing the Voters: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's readily-verifiable corruption in office, as evidenced by her record on judicial selection and discipline -- concealed by John Spencer and an election-rigging press"
         -- Copies to THE NEW YORK TIMES:  Patrick Healy, Bill Keller, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Jill Abramson, Allan Siegel, Jonathan Landman, Washington Bureau, Editorial Board, Ray Hernandez, Marek Fuchs


cc: CJA's June 19, 2006 letter to Jonathan Tasini, Would-Be Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate from New York -- "RE: Informing the Voters: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's readily-verifiable corruption in office, as evidenced by her record on judicial selection and discipline -- covered up by an election-rigging press, including The New York Times"
        -- Copies to THE NEW YORK TIMES: Patrick Healy, Bill Keller, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Jill Abramson, Allan Siegel, Jonathan Landman, Washington Bureau, Editorial Board, Ray Hernandez, Marek Fuchs

CJA's August 25, 2006 memo to Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins, Editorial Board, Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Executive Editor Bill Keller, Managing Editor Jill Abramson -- "RE: Your Upcoming Editorial Endorsements and On-Going Election Coverage: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"
  
    -- indicated copies to Alan M. Siegel, Byron Calame, Marek Fuchs, Jonathan Landman, Philip Taubman, Gerald Mullany, Raymond Hernandez, Jonathan P. Hicks, Patrick Healy, Clyde Haberman
         SEE:
Elections 2006: Informing the Voters

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LEGAL TIMES:

CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Tom Schoenberg -- "RE: DISCHARGING YOUR JOURNALISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY FOLLOW-UP REPORTING ON THE 'DISRUPTION OF CONGRESS' CASE"
        



THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL:

CJA's August 28, 2006 memo to Editor-in-Chief Kris Fischer, Executive Editor Jeff Storey, Dan Wise, Senior Editor, & Albany Bureau Chief John Caher -- "RE: Your Upcoming Editorial Endorsements and On-Going Election Coverage: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"
          SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters


CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Tom Perrotta -- "RE: DISCHARGING YOUR JOURNALISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY FOLLOW-UP REPORTING ON THE 'DISRUPTION OF CONGRESS' CASE"

CJA's Letter to the Editor, May 19, 2004   "...Judge Wesley's 'documented corruption' -- covered up by the bar associations, Senators Schumer, Clinton, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, among others -- is a major political scandal, yet to be reported.  Its explosive ramifications would rightfully derail Senator Schumer's re-election campaign and Senator Clinton's talked-about future candidacy for president.  Fortunately, readers do not have to rely on the Law Journal, but can verify this for themselves.  The substantiating primary source documents -- including the unrefuted and irrefutable March 26, 2003 statement -- are posted...on CJA's website..."
 

ROLL CALL:

CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Jennifer Yachnin -- "RE: DISCHARGING YOUR JOURNALISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY FOLLOW-UP REPORTING ON THE 'DISRUPTION OF CONGRESS' CASE"


THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER:

CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Steve Goldstein - "RE: DISCHARGING YOUR JOURNALISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY FOLLOW-UP REPORTING ON THE 'DISRUPTION OF CONGRESS' CASE"


THE WASHINGTON POST:


cc:
CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Henri Cauvin, Bill Miller, Eric Pianin, Charles Babington, Shailagh Murray, Michael Getler/Ombudsman -
"RE: DISCHARGING YOUR JOURNALISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY FOLLOW-UP REPORTING ON THE 'DISRUPTION OF CONGRESS' CASE"


THE VILLAGE VOICE:

CJA's
Letter to the Editor, February 16, 2005   "...Senator Schumer is a Harvard Law School graduate, Senator Clinton a graduate of Yale Law School.  What were their findings of fact and conclusions of law with respect to what you describe as the '27-page memorandum that outlined, in meticulous detail, the center's opposition'?  And why has the Voice, which has a copy of that March 26, 2003 memorandum and the pertinent substantiating evidence of Judge Wesley's misconduct in the commission case and in an earlier case challenging the constitutionality of billions of dollars of New York bonds, not itself come forward with findings of fact and conclusions of law?"

CJA's August 28, 2006 memo to Incoming Editor-in-Chief David Blum, Interim Editor-in-Chief Ward Harkavy, Executive Editor Laura Conaway, Senior Editor Wayne Barrett, Kristen Lombardi, Nat Hentoff, Tom Robbins -- "RE: Your Upcoming Editorial Endorsements and On-Going Election Coverage: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"
                 SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters

CJA's September 8, 2006 letter to Wayne Barrett, Senior Editor, The Village Voice; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism -- RE: ELECTIONS 2006: Investigative Reporting of the Readily-Verifiable Evidence of Systemic Governmental Corruption Directly Germane to the Races for New York Attorney General, Governor, and U.S. Senator from New York -- With Questions for the Candidates"

cc:  CJA's September 15, 2006 memorandum to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism -- "RE: Providing Columbia's Journalism Students with Electorally-Significant Story Proposals for Investigative Coverage -- and Developing Critical Scholarship on Press Performance & Our Endangered Democracy"

 

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              FOR OTHER PRESS
              
SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters

 

 
 
 

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