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Common Cause

                       Common Cause-NY


1992

CJA's May 15, 1992 fax
         -- mailing of CJA's case-study critique of federal judicial selection

CJA's May 28, 1992 fax

CJA's June 26, 1992 letter


1996

CJA's August 14, 1996 fax to Ed Davis, Lobbyist
   -- enclosing CJA's August 13, 1996 letter to Nan Aron/Alliance for Justice

CJA's August 19, 1996 letter to Ed Davis -- "RE: Coalition for non-partisan reform"

      -- transmitting pages from 1986 Common Cause Report, "Assembly-Line Approval"
           & from 1988 Twentieth Century Fund Report "Judicial Roulette"
      -- and enclosing CJA's June 28, 1996 letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Hatch

   -- enclosing CJA's 1992 Critique & Compendium of Exhibits & 3 Correspondence Compendia


1997

CJA's June 12, 1997 memo -- "RE: Ensuring the public's right to basic information about the Governor's judicial appointments process and protecting it from unfit appointees               

CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki -- "RE: The public's right to basic information and your unworthy appointment of Justice Nicholas Colabella to the Appellate Division, First Department"  [Colabella]   [FOIL, etc]
      Ex. A-1: Gov's press release announcing members of state judicial screening committee & 3 jud. appointments
      Ex. A-2: "Colabella to Appellate Division", NYLJ, 5/15/97
      Ex. B: Executive Order #11: Temporary Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. C: Executive Order #10: Judicial Screening Committees
      Ex. D: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's ltr to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex. E: "Pataki Names Panels for Judicial Screening", NYLJ, 3/6/97
      Ex. F: Gov's classified ads of judicial vacancies
      Ex. G: City Bar's Uniform Judicial Questionnaire
      Ex. H: 3/24/92 front-page correction in NYLJ, with Doris Sassower's letter to the editor
      Ex. I-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 op-ed ad, NYT, 10/26/94
      Ex. I-2: Doris Sassower's Director's Biography
      Ex J-1: "Appellate Selection Process Stirs Concern", NYLJ, 12/10/96
      Ex. J-2: 12/16/96 item, NYLJ
      Ex. K: NY Judge Reviews (1997-8 edition)

2001

CJA's July 10, 2001 letter to Ed Davis -- "RE: Coalition-Building and Collaboration on the non-partisan issues of ensuring the integrity of the processes of federal judicial selection and discipline"
     -- mailing CJA's July 3, 2001 ltr to Senator Schumer & transmittal ltrs to recipients

CJA's July 17, 2001 letter to Ed Davis



2003

CJA's June 16, 2003 memo to Ed Davis -- "RE: Championing Basic Citizen Rights -- and the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection"
     SEE: Paper Trail to Jail in "Disruption of Congress" case

Ed Davis' June 19, 2003 e-mail

CJA's September 10, 2003 memo
     -- enclosing CJA's September 10, 2003 letter to Constitution Project-Courts Initiative
      --enclosing
CJA's June 16, 2003 memo



2004

CJA's June 8, 2004 memo to organizations on the left and supposedly "non-partisan" purporting to promote   citizen participation &/or involving themselves with issues of judicial selection

CJA's June 9, 2004 memo to organizations on the right -- "RE: Your (On-Going) Responsibility to 'Champion Basic Citizen Rights -- and the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection' at Issue in the 'Disruption of Congress' case of United States of America v. Elena Ruth Sassower..."

CJA's June 10, 2004 draft memo of law on the unconstitutionality of the "disruption of Congress" statute


2005

CJA's May 27, 2005 memo to Ralph Nader & established/establishment organizations -- "RE: Furthering 'Basic Citizen Rights -- and the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection', as well as Fundamental Judicial Accountability by your Amicus Curiae and Other Assistance in the Appeal of the 'Disruption of Congress' Case, Elena Ruth Sassower v. United States of America"

      SEE
"Disruption of Congress"- DC Court of Appeals
                     (6/28/05 appellant's brief & supplemental fact statement)  
 
May 27, 2005 e-mail acknowledgment from Ed Davis

CJA's August 23, 2005 memo to Ralph Nader & established/establishment organizations -- "RE: AMICUS CURIAE BRIEFS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 14, 2005 in the Consolidated Appeals of the 'Disruption of Congress' Case, Elena Ruth Sassower v. United States of America"


2007

CJA's June 20, 2007 memo to Bob Edgar, President & CEO & Ed Davis, Vice President of Policy & Research -- "RE: Championing Judicial Independence at the U.S. Supreme Court by Amicus Curiae Support for Cert Petition in 'Disruption of Congress Case"

CJA's June 22, 2007 memo to Ralph Nader & liberal/conservative organizations  -- "RE: Championing Basic Citizen Rights, the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection, and Fundamental Judicial Accountability by Your Amicus Curiae Support for U.S. Supreme Court Review of the Cert Petition in the 'Disruption of Congress' Case"

CJA's July 2, 2007 memo to Justice at Stake Campaign Partners -- "RE: 'Working to Keep Our Courts Fair and Impartial' -- As Empirically Tested by the 'Disruption of Congress' Case"

CJA's August 24, 2007 memo to Justice at Stake Campaign & Its Campaign Partners  -- "RE: Championing Judicial Independence at the U.S. Supreme Court by your amicus curiae support for the filed and docketed cert petition in the 'disruption of Congress' case"

       
   SEE:  "Disruption of Congress" - US Supreme Court
                                     
 (see 8/17/07 cert petition)               

 

Common Cause-New York

 

1995:

"Campaign Finance and the New York State Constitutional Convention"

1997:

"A People's Constitutional Convention for New York?", Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director

1998

CJA's February 3, 1998 letter to Rachel Leon, Executive Director

CJA's February 5, 1998 memo to Rachel Leon

CJA's February 9, 1998 memo to Rachel Leon

2004

CJA's January 26, 2004 memo -- "RE: Vindicating the Public's Right to Know: The Role of $ in 'Merit Selection' to the NY Court of Appeals"
     --
SEE: Judicial Selection - NY - "Merit Selection" to NY Ct of Appeals: Smith
 

2005

"Connect the Dots: Budget Reform -- Poor State Budget Process Leads to Gridlock & Dysfunction",

2009

CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Common Cause/NY -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"              

CJA's September 21, 2009 Comment to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's Proposed Revised Rules
        Exhibit A-1:      Merit System For Choosing Judges Isn’t A Cure-all”,
                               NYT, 1/28/79 
        Exhibit A-2:      “Cuomo Clashes With Committee Over Judgeships: Asks Panel to
                               Disregard Law on Nominations
”, NYT, 12/20/82
        Exhibit A-3:      “The Dispute Over Selections for Court of Appeals”, NYT,
                               12/27/82
        Exhibit A-4(a):   “The Campaign for Governor is Over: What’s on Trial Is
                                How Best to Pick Judges
”,   NYT, 12/29/82, editorial
        Exhibit A-4(b):    “Judges Are Better Elected Than Selected”, NYT, 1/11/83, 
                                 letter to the editor by Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink
        Exhibit A-5:       “Cuomo Requests Greater Leeway To Select Judges: 
                                Seeks Revised Procedure for Top Court in State
”,
                                NYT, 12/30/82
        Exhibit A-6:      “Picking of Judges Assailed by Cuomo: Wants More
                               Options in Filling Appeals Court Vacancies
”, NYT, 8/15/83
        Exhibit A-7:      “Judge Selection for New York’s High Court: The System
                               Works
”, NYT, 8/30/83, letter to the editor by Senate
                               Minority Leader Manfred Orenstein
        Exhibit A-8:      “Cuomo Gets Names For Top Court Job: He Criticizes
                               Lack of Diversity in List of 7 for Chief Judge
”, NYT, 12/2/84
        Exhibit A-9:      “Challenge for Cuomo: Picking Judges”, NYT, 12/7/84
        Exhibit A-10:   “How Manhattan Stole the Judiciary”, NYLJ, 12/9/93,
                              by Appellate Division Justice William C. Thompson
        Exhibit B-1:    “Court of Appeals Candidates Are Named”, NYLJ, 12/3/02
        Exhibit B-2:    “Few Appellate Judges Apply for Wesley’s Seat”, NYLJ,
                             9/18/03
        Exhibit B-3:    “Model for Selecting Top Court Judges Reveals Its Flaws”,
                            NYLJ, 11/13/03
        Exhibit C:      “Semi-Secret Court of Appeals Nominations Draws
                            Criticism
”, NYLJ, 11/2/00
        Exhibit D-1:   May 10, 1978 letter from Assemblyman Charles Henderson
                           to Governor Hugh Carey, from legislative bill jacket,
                           Chapter 156, Laws of 1978
        Exhibit D-2:   Election Flyer: “On Tuesday, November 8, 1977 For Better
                            Courts Vote YES on Court Reform Amendments”
        Exhibit E-1:   “Wider Selection Urged for Governor”, NYLJ, 12/23/82,
                           letter to the editor by Supreme Court Justice James J. Leff
        Exhibit E-2:   “Changes Needed In Judicial Selection”, NYLJ, 11/30/82,
                           letter to the editor by Acting Supreme Court Justice Walter
                           M. Schackman     

CJA's November 23, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Common Cause/NY -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"

Common Cause's June 29, 2009 press release:  "Reform Coalition Offers Blueprint to End Senate Stalemate"

2011

March 30, 2011 statement on budget

2013

Common Cause/NY
        Other Issues

Common Cause's July 2, 2013 press release "Common Cause/NY Commends Governor, Attorney General for Moreland Act Appointment"

 

 

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