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Monday, May 5, 2008

The State of Chaos, the State of New York

Judge revolt vs. me pointless, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sez
The New York Daily News by ELIZABETH BENJAMIN - May 5, 2008

Judges trying tomake Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pay - literally - by targeting his law firm in their ongoing war over judicial salary hikes are missing the mark, the speaker said Sunday. "They don't realize I have no interest in the firm, so they're not hurting me personally," Silver said. "I have no interest in litigation. The only interest I have is in what I bring in [through case referrals], which is very minimal." Silver's comments came on the heels of reports that upstate judges are either slowing down or recusing themselves from cases brought by his Manhattan law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, or trying to get the firm disqualified outright from at least one lucrative Medicaid fraud case. The speaker, who is of counsel at the firm, continued to insist yesterday that he actually supports a judicial pay raise, adding, "I would like to see that they, along with other people, get what is due them."

Judicial salary increases have traditionally been linked in Albany to pay raises for state lawmakers - a political hot-button issue, particularly at a time when the state is facing a fiscal crisis. Neither legislators nor judges have seen a raise since January 1999. The stalled pay raise is the subject of three lawsuits against state leaders, including one filed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye. The judicial revolt largely has been led by upstate judges. Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein, a Democrat like Silver, reportedly went so far as to call the speaker "a slug." The speaker refused to respond in kind to the name-calling, saying only: "I don't know who the guy is. I question if that's the way he speaks in public whether he belongs on the bench. But that's his problem, not mine." ebenjamin@nydailynews.com

6 comments:

a mentsh said...

Shelly Silver may be "a slug" but tell me what the Judge Larry Himelein is in addition to a rat? These Judges are showing their true colors for everyone to see. The truth is coming out exactly how they operate and how they think. In my opinion what these Judges engaged in is criminal and the Federal authorities should enter this matter immediately. Then put them all in JAIL and see how they like it.

court officer said...

Judge Judith Kaye is to blame, she is an accident and sadly she has found a place (the NY Courts) to happen

Anonymous said...

leave it to the lawyers to screw up the world

Anonymous said...

It is wiser for the upstate judges to spearhead the judicial raise campaign, because it PRETENDS to show that JUDY KAY and her heavy handed influential NYC judiciary ARE NOT the moving force..OCA will try anything and fools no one!

Anonymous said...

I am moving to China were there's more law and order!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, if you can stand the barrel of a rifle against your head. You're crazy man. I say we tar and feather all these mutts and run them out of the state.

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