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Fund for Modern Courts

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CJA's March 14, 1995 misconduct complaint to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes against Dennis Hawkins, then Chief of his Corruption Investigation Division,  for his cover-up of judicial corruption at Brooklyn's Appellate Division, Second Department -- ignored by D.A. Hynes, enabling Mr. Hawkins to become the Fund's Executive Director

1990

October 11, 1990 note from Doris L. Sassower to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director M.L. Henry, Jr.

1991

cc to Fund for Modern Court:  --  October 24, 1991 letter to Governor Mario Cuomo   --  enclosures: 
          
Written Three-Year, Judge-Trading, Cross-Endorsements Deal
          "Cross-Endorsement: Questions of Protection",
          Letter to the Editor, Doris L. Sassower, New York Times, June 9, 1991
                "Judicial Selection Panels: An Exercise in Futility",
                 column by Doris L. Sassower, New York Law Journal, October 22, 1971
          Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory listing, 1989
    
                 SEE:  
Castracan v. Colavita - NY Judicial "Elections"  
                            Sady v. Murphy - NY Judicial "Elections"

cc to Fund for Modern Court -- October 31, 1991 letter to Governor Mario Cuomo

cc to Fund for Modern Court -- December 19, 1991 letter to Governor Mario Cuomo  -- enclosures:
     October 16, 1990 decision of Albany Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Kahn

          Eye-Witness Affidavit of Vincent Bonelli, October 14, 1990
         
Eye-Witness Affidavit of Eli Vigliano, Esq., October 14, 1990
         
Eye-Witness Affirmation of David Cohen, Esq., October 5, 1990


1992

CJA's October 15, 1992 fax to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Elizabeth Hubbard  
                  Enclosure: 
"Untrustworthy Ratings?", 7/17/92 letter to editor/NYT


1993

CJA's October 27, 1993 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Elizabeth Hubbard     
                Enclosures "merit selection" appointment of Howard Levine to NY Court of Appeals


1995

CJA's May 18, 1995 fax to Fund for Modern Courts Assistant Director Alan Beck  -- "RE: program of interest"

Verified Petition, with notice of petition & notice of right to seek intervention in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct, April 10, 1995  with annexed exhibits:
         
Exhibit A: October 26, 1994 ad-complaint, "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?"
        Exhibit B-1: Martindale-Hubbell law listing, 1989
        Exhibit B-2: Elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 1989
        Exhibit C: October 5, 1989 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit D: October 24, 1991judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit E: January 2, 1992 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit F: December 4, 1992 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit G:  September 19, 1994 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit H: October 5, 1994 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit I: October 26, 1994 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit J: December 5, 1994 judicial misconduct complaint
        Exhibit K: Commission acknowledgment letters
        Exhibit L: Commission dismissal letters
        Exhibit M: January 22, 1993 letter to Commission
        Exhibit N:  May 20, 1986 judicial misconduct complaint

Doris Sassower's Order to Show Cause for Stay, with TRO, May 11, 1995
 
   -- Doris Sassower's moving affidavit
    -- proposed default judgment
     Exhibit A:  Supreme Court/NY Co. May 4, 1994 memorandum to all parties
     Exhibit B: Doris Sassower's May 9, 1995 letter to Administrative Judge Ostrow

June 20, 1995 letter from Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Elizabeth Hubbard

CJA's August 22, 1995 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Chairman John Feerick
      
  Enclosures
"Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", 8/14/19 letter to editor/NYLJ
  Justice Herman Cahn's July 13, 1995 decision in DLS v. Commission

        click here for Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct 

John Feerick's August 28, 1995 letter



1996

CJA's May 13, 1996 fax to Fund for Modern Courts Assistant Director Alan Beck -- "RE: NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"    enclosed press release


1997

CJA's May 5, 1997 notice-challenge  RE: File of Article 78 proceeding, Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct, N.Y. Co. Clerk #95-109141"
     Ex. A-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate",
                  CJA's letter to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995
      Ex. A-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, Nov. 20, 1996
      Ex. B:    CJA's 3-page analysis of the fraudulent judicial decision in
                   Doris L. Sassower v. Commission, with annexed law: 22 NYCRR
                    7000.1 et seq., Judiciary Law 44.1, NYS Constitution,
                    Article VI, Sec. 22

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)

CJA's June 5, 1997 fax to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Gary Brown -- "RE: The public's rights"   Enclosure: 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"    
  

CJA's September 3, 1997 letter to Executive Director Gary Brown -- "RE: Question #1 on the November Ballot: NYS Constitutional Convention"
       
"Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", $3,077 paid ad, 8/27/97, NYLJ

CJA's December 31, 1997 letter to Gary Brown -- "RE: Protecting the Public from Deficient Judicial Screening Processes and Vindicating its Rights to Basic Information"

CJA's December 23, 1997 letter to James McGuire, Counsel/Governor Pataki  -- "RE: The Public's Right to Basic Information about the Governor's Judicial Selection Process and to Withdrawal of the Governor's Unworthy Nomination of Andrew O'Rourke to the Court of Appeals"     
     Ex. A: CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki
     Ex. B: CJA's December 3, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
     Ex. C: CJA's December 12, 1997 letter to Nan Weiner
     Ex. D: CJA's December 15, 1997 letter to Paul Shechtman
     Ex. E: CJA's December 15, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
     Ex. F:  NYLJ, ad, 11/26/97
     Ex. G-1:  "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", letter to editor by Eli Vigliano, Esq., Gannett, 12/3/97
     Ex. G-2: "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, 12/22/97


CJA's December 26, 1997 letter to Andrew O'Rourke --  "RE: The Public's right to substantiation of the 'highly qualified rating conferred by the State Judicial Screening Committee for your appointment to the Court of Claims"    
        -- enclosing:  NJC's November 2, 1992 letter to reporter Ed Tagliaferri, Gannett
                          "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", letter to editor, Gannett, 12/3/97
                          "Untrustworthy Ratings?", letter to editor, NYT, 7/17/92
                          "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, 12/22/97


CJA's December 29, 1997 memo to Members of Governor Pataki's State Judicial Screening Committee -- "RE: Reconsideration and Retraction of Andrew O'Rourke's 'Highly Qualified' Rating"  ----  NJC's May 1, 1992 critique & compendium of exhibits

1998

CJA's January 12, 1998 fax to Fund Executive Director Gary Brown -- "RE: Citizen Opposition and Public's Rights to Basic Info"

                January 12, 1998 column "IN REPLY" by Doris L. Sassower "
                         Judicial Group: Article misstated facts
"

CJA's January 7, 1998 letter to Chief Judge Judith Kaye  -- "RE: Safeguarding the Public's Rights and Interest in the State Judicial Appointments Process"
         Ex. A: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", letter to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex. B-1: CJA's July 25, 1997 letter to James Gill, Chairman/1st Dept Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. B-2-6: follow-up faxes to 1st Dept. Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. C-1: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
      Ex. C-2: NYLJ item, 9/22/97
      Ex. D: NYLJ item, 12/26/97
      Ex. E: receipted first page of CJA's December 29, 1997 memo to members of State Judicial Screening Committee
         
CJA's January 9, 1998 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee  
    

2000
          
CJA's July 11, 2000 note to Fund for Modern Courts Deputy Director Barbara Reed
   transmitting:

          CJA's APRIL 22, 1999 verified petititon in Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York  -- with its attached exhibits:       

          Exhibit A: CJA's May 5, 1997 memorandum-notice, with 3-page analysis of the fraudulent judicial decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct

Exhibit B: CJA's public interest ad, "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll" (NYLJ, 8/27/97, pp. 3-4)
Exhibit C-1: CJA's October 6, 1998 judicial misconduct complaint, filed with Commission on Judicial Conduct [Commission]

Exhibit C-2: CJA's October 5, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination

Exhibit D-1: CJA's November 3, 1998 letter to Commission

Exhibit D-2: Commission's November 3, 1998 letter to CJA

Exhibit E:    CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to City Bar

Exhibit F-1: Commission's December 2, 1998 letter to CJA

Exhibit F-2: CJA's December 10, 1998 letter to Commission

Exhibit F-3: Commission's December 23, 1998 letter to CJA

Exhibit F-4: CJA's December 29, 1998 letter to Commission

Exhibit F-5: Commission's January 25, 1999 letter to CJA

Exhibit F-6: CJA's February 3, 1999 letter to Commission

Exhibit F-7: Commission's February 5, 1999 letter to CJA

Exhibit G: CJA's March 11, 1999 letter to Commission

Exhibit H: pp. 368-72 of NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee's September 22, 1987 public hearing on the Commission          

September 5, 2000 letter from Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman and Deputy Director Barbara Reed

CJA's November 1, 2000 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman -- "RE: Vindicating the Public's right to 'merit selection' of candidates to the Court of Appeals"

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 3/26/99 ethics complaint to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit B:  CJA's 9/15/99 ethics complaint/supplement to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit C-1: CJA's 10/16/00 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit C-2: Commission on Judicial Nomination's 10/4/000 report of recommendees
      Exhibit D-1:  CJA's 10/11/00 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-2:  CJA's 10/11/00 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-3:  10/13/00 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit E-1: 2/24/00 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination,
                        
enclosing Commission's 11/12/98 report of recommendees

      Exhibit E-2:  CJA's 3/12/99 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit F:  CJA's 2/5/99 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex A-1:  11/25/98 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A-2: CJA's 12/1/98 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. B:  CJA's 12/16/98 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 1/13/99 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee/Clerk
      Exhibit G-1: 4/26/99 letter of Exec.Director/NYS Committee on Open Government
      Exhibit G-2: CJA's 5/3/99 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit H: CJA's 10/5/98 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 10/18/98 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 6/12/96 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki
      Exhibit J-3: CJA's 6/11/96 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
          Ex. B:  CJA's 4/29/96 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki 
      Exhibit K:  NYS Assembly Bill: 2/23/83 

INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER A:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Stephen Crane as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals

INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER B:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Juanita
Bing Newton as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals


CJA's November 3, 2000 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman -- "RE: CJA's October 16, 2000 report on the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination"

CJA's November 17, 2000 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman -- "RE: Soliciting the Fund's Comment on CJA's October 16, 2000 and November 13, 2000 reports on the corruption of the 'Merit Selection' Process to the New York Court of Appeals"
 

CJA's November 13, 2000 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack and Justice Graffeo -- "RE: The Public's Right to 'Hear' and "Be Heard" at the Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"

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' 10/18/00 letter to Governor Pataki, with accompanying 10/18/00 press release
       Exhibit A-2: 10/19/00 front-page item, NYLJ
       Exhibit A-3:  CJA's 10/16/00 fax coversheet to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-4: CJA's 10/19/00 fax to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-5:  10/19/00 fax from City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-6:  10/25/00 fax coversheet from City Bar Counsel, enclosing member rosters
       Exhibit A-7:  11/17/98 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 10/24/00 "News Release"

       Exhibit B-3: 10/25/00 NYLJ front page item on State Bar's ratings
       Exhibit B-4: CJA's 10/25/00 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 11/2/00 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
       Exhibit C-1: Women's Bar Association's 10/20/00 "Media Advisory"
       Exhibit C-2: 10/23/00 NYLJ front-page item on Women's Bar ratings
       Exhibit C-3: CJA's 10/23/00 letter to Women's Bar
       Exhibit C-4: website of Women's Bar listing its officers & past presidents
       Exhibit D-1: 10/20/00 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: 10/24/00 NYLJ front-page item on Trial Lawyers' ratings
       Exhibit D-4: CJA's 10/24/00 letter-fax to Trial Lawyers
       Exhibit E: "Court of Appeals Nominees Grilled by Bar Groups", 10/17/00 front-page article, NYLJ
       Exhibit F-1: Gov Pataki's 11/2/00 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 6/20/00 letter to Cit Bar President Evan Davis
       Exhibit H-1: CJA's 9/18/00 letter to Guy Miller Struve & P. Kevin Castel
       Exhibit H-2: 11/3/00 front-page item/NYLJ
       Exhibit I-1: CJA's 11/19/98 letter to Chairman/NYS Bar's Judicial Selection Committee
       Exhibit I-2: CJA's 1/4/99 letter to State Bar President
       Exhibit I-3: CJA's 2/17/99 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: 6/1/95 letter to Chairman/State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline
       Exhibit J-3: 6/5/95 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Exhibit K: CJA's 11/19/98 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 14, 2000 complaint to the Attorney Disciplinary Committee -- ATT: Thomas J. Cahill/Chief Counsel -- "RE: Verified Complaint of Professional Misconduct against the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York; the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; and the New York State Bar Association and the Culpable Lawyers Acting on Their Behalf"

 

2001

CJA's February 16, 2001 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman --"RE: Amicus and other assistance in the appeal of the public interest Article 78 proceeding, Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico, against Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York (NY Co. #108551/99; Appellate Division, First Dept. Cal #2000-5434)

        SEE:  Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct (Appellate Division/First Dept.) 

           CJA's December 1, 2000 notice -- "RE: Michael Mantell v. NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

           CJA's January 10, 2001 letter -- "RE: Your duty under Executive Law 63.1 in the appeal..."

     
       
CJA's May 9, 2001 letter to Fund for Modern Courts Steven Zeidman -- "RE: Amicus and other assistance in the appeal of the public interest Article 78 proceeding, Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico, against Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York (NY Co. #108551/99; Appellate Division, First Dept.: September 2001 Term)


2002

CJA's public questions to the Fund
at its December 11, 2002 program, "Judging the Judges: The NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct
",
co-sponsored with the NYS Bar Association

"NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC",
Report of the New York State Comptroller, Edward Regan, 1989  
-- with his press release,
"
COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT NEEDS OVERSIGHT"  (December 7,1989)                                      

       SEE:  Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct (NY Court of Appeals)

"Public Offered Insight into Judicial Discipline", New York Law Journal, December 12, 2002

"Judicial Oversight has its Limits", Albany Times Union, December 12, 2002


2003

CJA's January 23, 2003 e-mailed and faxed memo to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Ken Jockers -- "Subject: Developing a Legislative/Advocacy Agenda for 2003"       
     
January 22, 2003:  CJA's TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION -- whose presentation was halted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman DeFrancisco after the FIRST page
                          
Accompanying Substantiating Appendix Documents



CJA's September 16, 2003 memo to Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Ken Jockers 
   -- enclosing CJA's September 10, 2003 letter to Constitution Project-Courts Initiative
   --enclosing
CJA's June 16, 2003 memo to Ralph Nader, Public Citizen, & Common Cause   

       
SEE "Disruption of Congress" case -- USA v. Elena Sassower ("Paper Trail to Jail)


2004

    cc:  CJA's June 8, 2004 memo -- "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..."

       SEE: "Disruption of Congress" case -- USA v. Elena Sassower ("Paper Trail to Jail)

   
cc:  CJA's June 9, 2004 memo -- "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..."

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


2007

CJA's June 20, 2007 memo to Dennis Hawkins, Executive Director & Denise Kronstadt, Director of Advocacy -- "RE: Championing Judicial Independence at the U.S. Supreme Court by Amicus Curiae Support for Cert Petition in 'Disruption of Congress Case"

      cc: CJA's June 22, 2007 memo  -- "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" -- USA v. Elena Ruth Sassower (US Supreme Court -- see August 18, 2007 cert petition

2008

July 9, 2009:  FUND FOR MODERN COURTS' AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF in KAYE v. SILVER --

2009

            September 24, 2009:  Fund for Modern Courts Chairman Victor Kovner testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee's September 24, 2009 hearing on the Commission on Judicial Conduct -- 
          
click here for:  CJA's webpage with VIDEO of Senate Judiciary Committee's September 24, 2009 hearing  (his testimony at 1:25:09 - 1:33:53)
    click here for: transcript of Chairman Kovner's testimony

CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Fund for Modern Courts -- GIVEN TO CHAIRMAN KOVNER, IN HAND, AT SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"          

             SEE:  Judicial Selection -- NYS: Senate Judiciary Committee 2009 hearings on "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals  &
        Judicial Selection - NYS: "Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals   

CJA's September 21, 2009 Comment to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's Proposed Revised Rules  -- GIVEN, IN HAND, TO FUND FOR MODERN COURTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DENNIS HAWKINS
        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, Fund for Modern Courts -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"

2010

Fund for Modern Courts' Statements in response to NY Court of Appeals' February 23, 2010 decision in Chief Judge v. Governor & Passage of Chapter 567 of the Laws of 2010 creating a quadrennial Commission on Judicial Compensation

2011

Fund for Modern Court's July 18, 2011 written statement to Commission on Judicial Compensation in support of judicial pay raises, signed by Victor Kovnor as Immediate Past Chair of Fund for Modern Courts & Chair of its Legislative Committee

             July 20, 2011:  Victor Kovner testifies before Commission on Judicial Compensation on behalf of Fund for Modern Courts:
      click here for video -- his testimony is at  27:50 -  32:32 mins:

"...Modern Courts did play, as you know, a leading role in the writing and creation of the legislation that created this Commission and we are so pleased that the appointing authorities have created such an outstanding Commission..." 
     
                  [CJA testimony at
03:12:58 - 03:24:23 mins; transcription of CJA testimony -- click here for: 
        
(1) referred-to CJA handout "NO PAY RAISES FOR NYS JUDGES WHO CORRUPT JUSTICE -- THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE VICTIMS!" 
         (2)
referred-to judicial compensation webpage -- with its posting of CJA's letters to the Commission, most importantly those of May 23, 2011 and June 23, 2011

CJA's August 8, 2011 e-mail to Victor Kovner & Fund for Modern Courts -- "Subject: TODAY's MEETING: Threshold Issues Barring Commission Consideration of Pay Raises for Judges" -- attached August 8, 2011 letter


CJA's August 17, 2011 e-mail to Victor Kovner & Fund for Modern Courts -- "RE: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud: The Commission on Judicial Compensation's Duty to Identify the Case Presented by Opponents of ANY Judicial Pay Raises & to Make Findings with Respect Thereto, in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities"

CJA's August 23, 2011 e-mail to Victor Kovner & Fund for Modern Courts -- "RE: Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error: Clarification of the OCA Memorandum...and the Substantiating Evidence -- ATTACHMENT:  CJA August 23, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau

CJA's  August 26, 2011 e-mail to Victor Kovner & Fund for Modern Courts -- "Subject: Part 2:  Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error: Clarification of the Office of Court Administration’s “Memorandum discussing constitutional considerations in establishing judicial pay levels” – and the Substantiating Evidence"  -- ATTACHMENTS: CJA's August 26, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau    

CJA's October 28, 2011 e-mail to Victor Kovner & Fund for Modern Courts -- "Subject:  Holding Government Accountable:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report in Support of Legislative Override of the Commission on Judicial Compensation's Judicial Pay Raise Recommendations & Other Relief"

              click here for:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report

Fund for Modern Court's November 29, 2011 Cyrus Vance Tribute to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman -- Welcoming remarks of Fund Chairman Milton L. Williams, Jr.

      For what took place at the November 29, 2011 tribute, see fn. 1 of CJA's March 2, 2012 letter to Gov., etc. -- to which Attorney General Schneiderman was indicated recipient 
     Ex. A:  Executive Summary of CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report
     Ex. B:  CJA's November 29, 2011 Complaint to Attorney General's Public Integrity Bureau, etc.
    Ex. C:  AG's website info as to partnership with Comptroller "to investigate public corruption involving taxpayer funds"
    Ex. D:  CJA's March 1, 2012 complaint to Comptroller's Investigations Unit


 2012

Written testimony of Fund for Modern Courts Chairman  Milton L. Williams, Jr. for Legislature's January 30, 2012 hearing on Judiciary budget

2013

Written testimony of Fund for Modern Courts Chairman Milton L. Williams, Jr. for Legislature's February 6, 2013 hearing on Judiciary budget


 

 

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