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JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS & CORRESPODNENCE
UNDERLYING
CJA's 2nd LAWSUIT
vs COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT

 

Test Case-State (Commission) 
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 
(1999-2002)

 

JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT #10
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 October 6, 1998 complaint
     --
enclosing October 5, 1998 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
            -- 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

CJA's November 3, 1998 letter to Commission

Commission's November 3, 1998 letter

CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York -- to which the Commission was an indicated recipient

Commission's December 2, 1998 letter acknowledging that CJA's November 18, 1998 letter would be added to October 6, 1998 complaint

CJA's December 10, 1998 letter to Commission

Commission's December 23, 1998 letter

CJA's December 29, 1998 letter

CJA's January 27, 1999 letter to Commission

Commission's January 25, 1999 letter



JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT #11
Appellate Division, 2nd Dept. Justice Daniel Joy

CJA's February 3, 1999 complaint

Commission's February 5, 1999 letter

CJA's March 11, 1999 letter to Commission
        Ex. A:  CJA's 3/10/95 letter to Commissioners, requesting information about the Commission's dismissal
                    of its eight judicial misconduct complaints against powerful, politically-connected judges
        Ex. B-1: "Determining Generally When 'Error' is Misconduct", from 1987 law review article by Gerald Stern,
        Ex. B-2: pages from Commission's post-hearing memorandum in Matter of Slavin
        Ex. C:   Exchange of letters relating to CJA's request, pursuant to 22 NYCRR 7001 et seq.
                    and the Freedom of Information Law, for information concerning the promulgation
                    of 22 NYCRR 7000 et seq.
        Ex. D:  Exchange of letters in support of CJA's request for Commission's reconsideration
                   of its summary dismissal of CJA's 9/19/94 judicial misconduct complaint,
                   based on the principles for disciplinary review set forth in Gerald Stern's law review article
                   as to "...When 'Error' is Misconduct"
        Ex. E:  Exchange of letters relating to the City Bar's 5/14/97 hearing and CJA's challenge
                   to the Commission to address the case file proof that the Commission was the beneficiary
                   of a fraudulent judicial decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission

ARTICLE 78 PROCEEDING -- Elena Ruth Sassower...v. Commission 

 

THE BELOW COMPLAINTS & CORRESPONDENCE,
subsequently made part of the record

CJA's May 17, 1999 NOTICE-DEMAND TO COMMISSION

CJA's February 7, 2000 NOTICE to COMMISSION
   (also addressed to A.G. Spitzer, with indicated copies to Gov. Pataki, Manhattan D.A., U.S. Attorneys-SDNY/EDNY, Ethics Commission, Judge Wetzel, Administrative Judge Stephen Crane)

 

JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT #12
NY County Court of Claims/Acting Supreme Court Justice William Wetzel & NY County Chief Administrative Judge Stephen Crane


CJA's March 3, 2000 complaint (with indicated copies to Wetzel, Crane, Gov. Pataki, Chief Judge Kaye, A.G. Spitzer, Manhattan D.A., U.S. Attorneys-SDNY/EDNY, Ethics Commission, City Bar, Patricia Salkin, Director-Gov't Law Center/Albany Law School, media)   
   Enclosures to Complaint:

   (1) CJA's February 23, 2000 letter to Governor Pataki
              Ex. A: CJA's February 7, 2000 letter to Nan Weiner
              Ex. B-1: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's letter to editor, NYLJ, 8/14/95
              Ex. B-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, 11/20/97
              Ex. B-3: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
              Ex. C: computerized court record of Elena Ruth Sassower v. Commission
            
and recusal orders of 5 justices
    
      Ex. D: statement of former Bronx Surrogate Bertram Gelfand at the City Bar's public hearing
                        on the Commission
              Ex. E: CJA's January 7, 1998 letter to Chief Judge Kaye
              Ex. F: pp. 5-13 of the transcript of the 5/17/99 proceeding before Justice Lebedeff
              Ex. G: pp. 8-17, 22-23 of the transcript of the 6/14/99 court conference before Justice Zweibel
              Ex. H:  transcript of the 10/8/99 proceeding before Justice Zweibel
              Ex. I:  "Pols Rule Courtrooms: Acting Judges Owe Their Jobs to Pataki, Rudy", NYDaily News, 1/18/00
              Ex. J:  Kamau Bey's 5/27/99, 6/25/99, and 7/23/99 judicial misconduct complaints against
                        Justice Wetzel & Commission acknowledgment & dismissal letters
              Ex. K: "Observers Say Judge Doomed Defense", NY Post, 4/17/98, "Wacko Wetzel Left Oliver's Lawyer
              Defenseless"
, NYPost 5/30/98, "Cybersex Defense Wants Trial Halted", NY Daily News,
                         3/24/98,  "Defense in Sexual Torture Case Says Court Let the Accuser Lie", NYT, 3/24/98,
                         "Oliver Jovanovic: First Sacrifice of the Digital Age", La Journada, 5/19/98CJA's
      (2)
CJA's February 25, 2000 notice to A.G, Manhattan D.A., U.S. Attorney-SDNY, Ethics Commission
      (3) CJA's March 3, 2000 letter to Chief Judge Kaye
              Ex. A:  pages from Chief Judge Kaye's January 10, 2000 "State of the Judiciary Address"
              Ex. B:  exchange of correspondence between Kamau Bey & Chief Judge Kaye's office

Commission's March 7, 2000 acknowledgment letter

Commission's April 6, 2000 dismissal letter

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CJA's April 24, 2000 transmittal memo to Commission
(also addressed to Gov. Pataki, Chief Judge Kaye, A.G. Spitzer, Manhattan D.A. Morgenthau, U.S. Attorney White, U.S. Attorney Lynch, Ethics Commission, Special Inspector General for Fiduciary Appointments Spatz, with indicated copy to City Bar)
      -- transmitting copies of:
               (1) CJA's April 18, 2000 letter to Chief Judge Kaye
           
 Ex. A: March 27, 2000 letter from Michael Colodner, Counsel/Unified Court System
                       Ex. B: Chief Administrative Judge's 1998 report, pp. 45-6, 57
                       Ex. C-1: CJA's March 3, 2000 judicial misconduct complaint vs. Judges Wetzel & Crane
                       Ex. C-2: Commission's March 7, 2000 acknowledgment letter
                       Ex. C-3: Commission's April 6, 2000 dismissal letter

               (2) CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to Manhattan D.A. Morgenthau
               (3) CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to U.S. Attorney White
               (4) CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to U.S. Attorney Lynch

CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to Commission Clerk Albert Lawrence

CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to Commission Administrator Gerald Stern --
"
Request for legal authority authorizing the Commission to discard judicial misconduct complaints"
      -- George Sassower's April 12, 2000 letter to Gerald Stern

CJA's May 17, 2000 letter to Commission--
"(1) Request for a probative statement from Chairman Salisbury as to the basis for the Commission's purported dismissal, without investigation, of CJA's March 3, 2000 judicial misconduct complaint, the number of Commissioners voting, their identities, and the availability of review by Article 78, etc. (pp. 1-8); (2) Request that the Commission cancel the 1994 authorization it received from the State Archives and Records Administration to destroy its files of judicial misconduct complaints dismissed, without investigation, after a five-year retention, and that it immediately cease such destruction, etc. (pp. 8-11)"
     
  Ex A:   Commission's April 27, 2000 letter to CJA
            Ex B:   CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to Commission: ATT: Stern
            Ex C:   CJA's April 24, 2000 letter to Commission: ATT: Lawrence
            Ex D:   p. 60 of "...And Justice For All",
                       report of Temporary Commission on the State Court System (1973)
            Ex E:   "D.C. judge probed on 'steered' cases", The Star-Ledger, 5/3/00
            Ex F:   Commission's Records Disposition Request, March 30, 1994

CJA's June 26, 2000 letter to Commission Chairman Eugene Salisbury -- "RE: Your Non-Response to CJA's May 17, 2000 letter for (1) 'a probative statement' regarding the Commission's purported dismissal of CJA's March 3, 2000 judicial misconduct complaint; and (2) cancellation of the 1994 authorization the Commission received from the State Archives and Records Administration to destroy files"

CJA's July 3, 2000 letter to Commission, enclosing CJA's June 30, 2000 letter to Chief Judge Kaye

Commission's July 12, 2000 inquiry letter

Chairman Salisbury's July 19, 2000 letter


JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT #13
Chief Judge Judith Kaye

CJA's August 3, 2000 complaint

Commission's August 8, 2000 acknowledgment letter

Commission's September 19, 2000 dismissal letter

CJA's September 25, 2000 letter to Commission

Commission's October 5, 2000 letter

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JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT #14
Appellate Division, 1st Dept. Justices Eugene Nardelli, Angela Mazzarelli, Richard Andrias, Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Israel Rubin

CJA's January 7, 2002 notice-complaint

Commission's January 11, 2002 acknowledgment letter

Commission's February 27, 2002 dismissal letter

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CJA's April 12, 2002 foil request

Commission's April 12, 2002 response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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