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STATE OF NEW YORK COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION

 

1998 NOMINATION OF ALBERT M. ROSENBLATT:
            [SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to the NY Court of Appeals: Rosenblatt]

CJA's October 5, 1998 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination  ATT: Stuart Summit/Counsel -- "RE: Media-reported candidacies of Justice Thomas E. Mercure, Justice D. Bruce Crew III, and Justice Albert M. Rosenblatt for the New York Court of Appeals"
   (indicated copy to Commission on Judicial Conduct)
    
Ex. A: NYLJ items, 9/15/98, 9/21/98
      Ex. B: portions of Commission on Judicial Nomination's brochure & blank questionnaire
      Ex. C: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 op-ed page ad, NYT, 10/26/94
      Ex. D: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
      Ex. E-1: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's letter to editor, NYLJ, 8/14/95
      Ex. E-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, 11/20/96
      Ex. F: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's letter to editor, NYT, 11/16/96


-- transmitting a copy of CJA's October 6, 1998 judicial misconduct complaint against Appellate Division, 2nd Dept Justice Albert Rosenblatt & his co-defendant Appellate Division, 2nd Dept justices in the federal action, Doris L. Sassower v. Mangano, et al 

CJA's November 3, 1998 fax to Stuart Summit

cc:  CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  
(also indicated copies to Gov. Pataki, A.G.-Elect Spitzer, Commission on Judicial Conduct, NYS Bar Association, NY Women's Bar Association, Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Ethics Commission, NYT, NYLJ)

November 25, 1998 letter from Stuart Summit

CJA's December 1, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: Keeping the Record Straight"

CJA's February 5, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: The Public's Access Rights under Judiciary Law Sec. 63.3"
    (indicated copies to Gov. Pataki, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack, A.G. Spitzer, NYS Ethics Commission, NY media)
     
Ex. A-1:  Summit's November 25, 1998 letter
       Ex. A-2:  CJA's December 1, 1998 letter
       Ex. B:  CJA's December 16, 1998 letter to David Gruenberg, Counsel/Senate Judiciary Committee
       Ex. C: CJA's letter to the editor, "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", NY Post, 12/28/98
       Ex. D:  CJA's January 13, 1999 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee


February 24, 1999 letter from Stuart Summit

            CJA's March 8, 1999 letter to Robert Freeman, Executive Director/NYS Committee on Open Government --
"RE: NYS COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION: NYS Constitution, Article VI, 2c-f; Judiciary Law, Article 3A; 22 NYCRR 7100.1 et seq."

CJA's March 12, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- ATT: Stuart Summit --
"RE: The Public's Access Rights under Judiciary Law 63.3 and under Article 6 of the Public Officer's Law: The Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.)
   (indicated copies to Gov. Pataki, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack, A.G. Spitzer, NYS Ethics Commission, Committee on Open Government, NY media)

cc:  
CJA's March 26, 1999 ethics complaint against NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination, filed with NYS Ethics Commission 
 
  (indicated copies to Gov. Pataki, A.G. Spitzer, Commission on Judicial Nomination, Commission on Judicial Conduct)
      
 Ex. A:  Public Officers Law
         Ex. B:  Transcript, January 27, 1999, Eliot Spitzer, event sponsored by NYLJ & City Bar
         Ex. C:  "Spitzer Claims Victory: And Now, the Litigation", NYLJ, 11/20/98
         Ex. D: "Republicans Get a Pass From Spitzer -- for Now", NY Observer, 2/8/99
         
Ex. E:  "FREE-FOR-ALL: A special report: ALBANY IS FAILING IN EFFORT TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN
                     DONORS, NYT, 12/28/98


       
 [SEE: Correspondence-NYS Ethics Commission]

            April 26, 1999 letter from Robert Freeman, Executive Director/NYS Committee on Open Government    

CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit
-- "RE: Compliance with Article 6 of the Public Officer's Law: The Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L)
   (indicated copies to Committee on Open Gov't, NYS Ethics Commission)

           CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Robert Freeman, Executive Director/Committee on Open Government

    [SEE: Test Cases - State (Commission)]

*    *    *
2000 NOMINATION OF VICTORIA GRAFFEO:
     
 [SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Graffeo]

CJA's October 6, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit

Commission's October 6, 2000 fax with October 4, 2000 report to Governor Pataki

CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: (1) CJA's request, pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3 and F.O.I.L., for copies of the Commission's prior reports of 'well-qualified' candidates for the Court of Appeals, transmitted to the Governor pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3.; (2) CJA's request for a copy of the Commission's promulgated rules and regulations governing records access under F.O.I.L., required by Public Officers Law 87.1, as well as for a copy of its 'subject matter list', required by Public Officers Law 87.3(c)"
   (indicated copy to Committee on Open Government)


CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: Verifying the content of the Commission on Judicial Nomination's questionnaire completed by its seven most recent recommendees for the Court of Appeals"

October 12, 2000 letter from Stuart Summit

cc:  
CJA's OCTOBER 16, 2000 REPORT ON THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION" BY THE NYS COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION
      Exhibit A-1: "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", CJA's letter to the editor, NYPost, 12/28/98
      Exhibit A-2: CJA's March 26, 1999 ethics complaint to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit B:  CJA's September 15, 1999 ethics complaint/supplement to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit C-1: CJA's October 16, 2000 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit C-2: Commission on Judicial Nomination's October 4, 2000 report of recommendees
      Exhibit D-1:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-2:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-3:  October 13, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit E-1: February 24, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination, enclosing Commission's November 12, 1998 report of recommendees
      Exhibit E-2:  CJA's March 12, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit 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, 12/28/98
          Ex. D:  CJA's January 13, 1999 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee/Clerk
      Exhibit G-1: April 26, 1999 letter of Exec.Director/NYS Committee on Open Government
      Exhibit G-2: CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit H: CJA's October 5, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A: NYLJ notices, 9/15/98, 9/21/98
          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, 10/26/94 
          Ex. D: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
          Ex. E-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", NYLJ, 8/14/95
          Ex. E-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, 11/20/96
          Ex. F:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's letter to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Exhibit I: CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to Exec. Committee/City Bar
      Exhibit J-1:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", letter to the editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Exhibit J-2: CJA's June 12, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki
      Exhibit 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, 8/14/95
                Ex. F:  CJA's 3-page analysis of decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct
          Ex. B:  CJA's April 29, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki 
      Exhibit K:  NYS Assembly Bill: 2/23/83 

October 18, 2000 letter from Stuart Summit

cc:
CJA's NOVEMBER 13, 2000 REPORT ON THE COMPLICITY OF THE BAR ASSOCIATIONS IN THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION"
      Exhibit A-1: City Bar President Evan Davis' October 18, 2000 letter to Governor Pataki, with accompanying October 18, 2000 press release
       Exhibit A-2: October 19, 2000 front-page item, NYLJ
       Exhibit A-3:  CJA's October 16, 2000 fax coversheet to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-4: CJA's October 19, 2000 fax to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-5:  October 19, 2000 fax from City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-6:  October 25, 2000 fax coversheet from City Bar Counsel, enclosing member rosters
       Exhibit A-7:  November 17, 1998 fax from City Bar Counsel with Executive Committee membership
       Exhibit B-1: State Bar President's October 24, 2000 letter to Gov. Pataki with accompanying "Guidelines for Evaluating
                         Qualifications of Judicial Candidates"
       Exhibit B-2: State Bar's October 24, 2000 "News Release"
       Exhibit B-3: October 25, 2000 NYLJ front page item on State Bar's ratings
       Exhibit B-4: CJA's October 25, 2000 fax to State Bar counsel
       Exhibit B-5: State Bar membership list of its Executive Committee & Judicial Selection Committee
       Exhibit B-6: State bar President's November 2, 2000 ltr to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
       Exhibit C-1: Women's Bar Association's October 20, 2000 "Media Advisory"
       Exhibit C-2: October 23, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Women's Bar ratings
       Exhibit C-3: CJA's October 23, 2000 letter to Women's Bar
       Exhibit C-4: website of Women's Bar listing its officers & past presidents
       Exhibit D-1: October 20, 2000 letter from President/NYS Trial Lawyers Association to Gov. Pataki's counsel
       Exhibit D-2: Trial Lawyers' October 20, 2000 "News Release"
       Exhibit D-3: October 24, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Trial Lawyers' ratings
       Exhibit D-4: CJA's October 24, 2000 letter-fax to Trial Lawyers
       Exhibit E: "Court of Appeals Nominees Grilled by Bar Groups", October 17, 2000 front-page article, NYLJ
       Exhibit F-1: Gov Pataki's November 2, 2000 press release: "Governor Pataki Nominates Graffeo to Court of Appeals"
       Exhibit F-2: "Pataki Selects Judge for Appeals Court He Sees as Lenient", NYT, 11/3/00
       Exhibit F-3: "Pataki Names Graffeo to Court of Appeals", NYLJ, 11/3/00
       Exhibit G: CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to Cit Bar President Evan Davis
       Exhibit H-1: CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to Guy Miller Struve & P. Kevin Castel
       Exhibit H-2: November 3, 2000 front-page item/NYLJ
       Exhibit I-1: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Chairman/NYS Bar's Judicial Selection Committee
       Exhibit I-2: CJA's January 4, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Exhibit I-3: CJA's February 17, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Exhibit I-4: February 18, 1999 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Exhibit J-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?"
       Exhibit J-2: CJA's June 1, 1995 letter to Chairman/State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline
       Exhibit J-3: 6/5/95 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Exhibit 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


CJA's November 16, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: The Commission's Older Reports to the Governor"

CJA's April 16, 2001 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination: ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: CJA's unresponded-to information requests plus new information requests"
   (indicated copy to Committee on Open Government)

April 18, 2001 letter from Stuart Summit

*    *    *
2002 NOMINATION OF SUSAN READ:
        [SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Read]

CJA's December 6, 2002 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination - ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

CJA's January 3, 2003 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -ATT: Stuart Summit
-- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

January 6, 2003 letter from Stephen P. Younger, Assistant Counsel, enclosing Commission's December 2, 2002 report to Governor Pataki

*    *    *
2003 NOMINATION OF ROBERT SMITH:
   
 [SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Smith]

CJA's October 16, 2003 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination, resent October 17, 2003 -- ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission's October 20, 2003 fax with October 15, 2003 report

CJA's December 8, 2003 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination, resent December 23, 2003 -- ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3 and Article 6 of the Public Officers Law: The Freedom of Information of Law (F.O.I.L.)"

January 8, 2004 fax from Commission on Judicial Nomination

CJA's January 22, 2004 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: The application package pertaining to the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard C. Wesley"

*    *    *
CJA's January 5, 2004 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination - ATT: Stuart Summit -- "RE: NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination's Threshold Obligations under the Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.), Etc."
   (indicated copy to Committee on Open Government)

*    *    *

2006 NOMINATION OF EUGENE F. PIGOTT, Jr.
[SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Pigott]


*    *    *
2007 NOMINATION OF THEODORE T. JONES
[SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Jones
]

CJA's January 16, 2007 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights under Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 18, 2007 letter
         -- brochure
         -- questionnaire for candidates for associate judge
         -- questionnaire for candidates for chief judge
         -- supplemental questionnaire for candidates for chief judge
 
CJA's January 18, 2007 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

CJA's January 29, 2007 resent letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 30, 2007 letter
 

*    *    *
2007 NOMINATION OF JUDITH KAYE
[SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Kaye]

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 18, 2007 letter
         -- brochure
         -- questionnaire for candidates for associate judge
         -- questionnaire for candidates for chief judge
         -- supplemental questionnaire for candidates for chief judge 

CJA's January 18, 2007 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"
 

*    *    *
2007 NOMINATION OF CARMEN CIPARICK
[SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Ciparick]

CJA's December 17, 2007 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

*    *    *
2009 NOMINATION OF JONATHAN LIPPMAN
[SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Lippman]

 

CJA's December 1, 2008 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination-- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 2, 2008 press release

CJA's January 15, 2009 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

Commission on Judicial Nomination's January 16, 2009 letter -- "RE: Public Access Rights Pursuant to Judiciary Law 63.3"

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 1, 2008 letter to Governor

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's December 17, 2008 letter to Governor

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's brochure

             Commission on Judicial Nomination's blank questionnaire for Chief Judge candidates

 
 

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