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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

AG Andrew Cuomo Planning Amnesty for State Judges and Lawyers

WOW !!  

Well, well. Here's another reason why we all like New York's Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo. Inside sources reveal that various plans have been drafted where the New York AG will provide a statewide Amnesty Program in an effort to clean up the systemic corruption throughout the state court system.

"The Amnesty 'window' will be narrow," says the source. "Andrew's pretty serious about a real shake up, and he will not give state workers, including judges, more than 60 days to 'come clean.'" The plan, dubbed "CAP" (Cuomo's Amnesty Program) by AG lawyers, is said to specifically include all attorneys admitted to practice in New York, whether or not they are state employed. "Heads will role once the Amnesty Program ends," adds the source.

Below, we re-post our Thursday, June 14, 2007, "Memo #1 to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau"

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Memo #1 to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau...

On June 14th we began the collaborative process of memoralizing our constructive thoughts to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau. And continuing on a regular basis, we will send Judge Pfau a collection of suggestions intent on improving our courts.

**Below is FINAL MEMO #1 sent to Judge Pfau June 18, 2007**

Also, included in our memos will be various subjects, including our request for updates as to issues addressed in this forum. Your constructive comments will be sent along with the memo. In commenting on this post, please keep it clean and constructive; vent, etc. on other posts, please. Our Memos are meant to HELP the court system for everyone. (this is a work in progress, and information is taken from positive comments and suggestions emailed to us)

MEMO #1

To: Hon. Chief Administrative Judge Ann T. Pfau
Date: Monday, June 18, 2007
RE: SUGGESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION


Dear Honorable Chief Administrative Judge Pfau:

Every law-abiding and honest attorney, court employee and judge, has cheered your recent appointment as the New York State Chief Administrative Judge for the Courts. And your presence at the top brings a sense of hope to every honest citizen, who looks forward to
overall court reform, and the restoration of integrity to the New York Court system. We urge, and support, your immediate action, and we respectfully present suggestions for consideration:


1. Amnesty for Judges, Lawyers & Court Employees

SUGGESTION: Establish a 60-day Amnesty period during which judges, attorneys (court employed and private) and court personnel may come forward with information regarding improper activity, either known to them or with which they have been involved. (It's the only way to see any true reform.)


2. Direct Access to the Offices of the Chief Administrative Judge

SUGGESTION: Establish Public access computers in every court in the state, allowing for direct communication to the Chief Judge's Administrative Offices, so as to provide top administrators (above district levels) with timely information from the public concerning
suggestions and/or concerns.


3. Complete Court Employee Accountability

SUGGESTION: The name of all court employees should be easy to ascertain: name tags, id numbers, or the public posting of all employee photos with identifying name and position/title.

We appreciate your consideration of the herein respectfully submitted suggestions.

...more to follow... ###   Posted by Corrupt Courts Administrator June 14, 2007 at 5:20 PM

29 comments:

huh? said...
Amnesty, huh? It just might work. Devil in the details, but workable. Can you imagine what would surface? June 14, 2007 7:25 PM

Anonymous said...
Only Amnesty would help the honest judges and court personnel, who would like to speak up but are afraid, very afraid- and for good reason. Consider less than 60 days, though. Maybe 30. Instill the fear of God in them... June 14, 2007 8:51 PM

what happened to said...
Please ask Judge Pfau what the status is of the investigation of Westchester County surrogate lawyer Jody Keltz who lives in a Scasdale house sold to her from an estate. (Story post a month or so ago on this blog) thank you. June 14, 2007 8:55 PM

one who judges said...
A court cleansing in needed. Yes to Amnesty. June 14, 2007 10:48 PM

suggesting said...
SUGGESTION: Identify Involved People - The name of the person(s) who in any way participates in the writing of a decision, order, etc. should be publically identified, and their name added after the judges signature, or in some other way made known. (this will clean up a lot of "bad" decisions, and lighten the load at the appellate level) June 15, 2007 7:00 AM

An insider said...
I like this, this is a good idea. June 15, 2007 8:46 AM

Anonymous said...
Clearly we have many people on this blog that really care about this subject, so lets get some good suggestions people. Also take the time to go through all the other comments contained on this blog, it would be beneficial. June 15, 2007 9:43 AM

Anonymous said...
I also second the Jody Keltz matter. This needs a full investigation. June 15, 2007 10:39 AM

Anonymous said...
I third the request for an update on the Jody Keltz "grab-the-old-dead-lady's-house" transaction. June 15, 2007 4:41 PM

Anonymous said...
The Manhattan Surrogate's had their law clerk's create a law firm that then became the law firm for the public administrator and they got away with it. How much money was involved? This shows that the system is broken. June 15, 2007 7:55 PM

A fiduciary victim said...
The impunity with which the banks and judges/attorneys (hired minions) act is a tavesty of JUSTICE which must be righted. June 15, 2007 8:42 PM

Anonymous said...
Please provide more info about the law firm created by the Manhattan Surrogate...thanks...is it still in business? June 15, 2007 8:45 PM

New York County Surrogate Victim said...
All the Surrogate's Courts are corrupt and should be shutdown. The Trust & Estate Bar should be put out of business and jailed. June 15, 2007 10:28 PM

A fly on the wall said...
How was Jody Keltz an attorney at the Westchester Surrogate's Court permitted to get a home from an Estate in that same Court from the Executor - Bank of New York? June 16, 2007 12:09 AM

Anonymous said...
SUGGESTION: Make every court employee (including judges) anonymously answer a questionnaire with 2 items: (1) What at the five biggest problems within or with the court system? and (2) What are five specific solutions to each of those problems. Do not mention individuals by name, this questionnaire is about the system itself. ALL results should be made public for further comment, etc. June 16, 2007 6:40 AM

Ethical Disclosure Forms Reader said...
Make the Ethical Disclosure Forms that are required to be filed every May by Judges and Court personnel easier to obtain. Why not put them all on the web so that everyone can see them. To even look at them or obtain hard copies are onerous at present for the public. June 16, 2007 10:46 AM

Anonymous said...
I fully agree that Ethical Disclosure Forms should REALLY be made available to the public by putting them on the internet. (I gave up trying to get them because the process was so weird and not user friendly) June 17, 2007 10:31 AM

Anonymous said...
I heard from an inside source that nice-guy, sell your soul & mother for a buck ex-judge Gerald Garson is finally talking....about EVERYTHING he knows... they can't shut him up.... he's pissed the "brothers and sisters in black robes" turned on him and ignored him in his time of need. And boy is he talking, WOW! Talk of 'round the clock protection for this bum too!

The babbling by this jackass Garson should start a domino effect that should change everything.

Have a great summer, those of you who corrupted our court system: lawyers, judges, court employees, etc. ----- you're next. June 17, 2007 8:19 PM

Anonymous said...
Judge Plau why don't you put all court documents on the web so that everyone can see everything at any time? I hope you consider my suggest. June 19, 2007 10:54 AM

Anonymous said...
Don't hold you breath waiting for this chick (Pfau) to do anything. She's one of the good 'ole boys. June 23, 2007 1:55 PM

Anonymous said...
I second the suggestion to not hold your breath waiting for Judge Pfau to take action. June 24, 2007 2:36 PM

Anonymous said...
should I keep holding my breath??? June 26, 2007 1:47 PM

Anonymous said...
when's the next bunch of suggestions going to Pfau. she'll ignore those also! June 26, 2007 3:14 PM

Anonymous said...
I like the idea about putting all the court documents on the web so that everyone could see them, should I hold my breath Judge Pfau? June 29, 2007 8:34 PM

Anonymous said...
No word from Pfau, huh? What a shock! July 2, 2007 10:36 AM

nepotism said...
Judge Pfau what is the 'Nepotism Level' in the Judiciary? How many Judges et al. have their spouses, girl friends or other relatives on the defacto welfare dole?
Is this not a criminal act? July 14, 2007 12:00 AM

Anonymous said...
Judge Pfau at somepoint the Judical PT Barnums who think we're all suckers will have a surprise, the scam will not go on forever. July 17, 2007 9:36 AM

Anonymous said...
Hey, honey its all a scam, a con game and you know it. July 17, 2007 12:37 PM

a fly on the wall said...
Judge Pfau do you have any mud on your skirts? July 17, 2007 9:43 PM

end of old comments

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

If this is true..IT IS INCREDIBLE AND UNBELIEVABLE! I personally will be very interested in watching those court employees and judges, come forward and admit the incredible things I have information about and written documentation regarding....much of which is quite appalling! What an amazing event we have in store! I will be waiting intensely for the timeline!

Holding my breath said...

Allen H. Isaac, Esq. and all his buddies at the First Department's Appellate Division (Judges) should be first on the line for Cuomo's Amnesty Program..The line is going to be down the block and around the corner.

disgusted said...

this shmuck is just like his father, what is he meshuge too? Sure, have a nice Amnesty and let all his gonif friends off free as the birds. What's really behind all this? I don't trust this Andrew.

a king from queens said...

I can't decide if this is a good or a bad idea. But ANYTHING is better than nothing....ANYTHING is better than allowing what we have to continue....

Anonymous said...

This is certainly no answer to the problem. The problem is systemic and getting rid of a couple of the bad apples is not going to fix anything.
If he had conducted any kind of investigation up to now, he would know what the problems are and who the actors are. He would have evidence. Even if people come forward, who is going to back them up? Those that are in charge have everything wrapped up. Most of them could just retire on their pensions (paid for by the taxpayers.)
How many complaints have already been filed and nothing has been done?
Who are they going to put in place to clean up the mess?
What do you think is going to happen to all those cases that these corrupt lawyers, judges and other officers of the court were involved in?
I think the post about the AG letting the connected, off may be right on the mark.

Anonymous said...

Many, many of the OCA employees involved are named in federal lawsuits and cannot participate, because they already have federal consequences in those actions. Those lawsuits name JUDY KAYE and several of her administrative judges, court appointed supervisors, employees attempting to please all these groups and all types of non-administrative judges participating behind the scenes. So, I cannot see how this action could ever chip away at the real big players, without putting these very serious criminal civil actions in jeopardy!

Anonymous said...

This is not the firs time he has tried this.
Washington Times, The, November, 1998 by Archibald, George
The Justice Department has nixed housing Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed amnesty plan for landlords facing federal bribery and kickback charges. Instead, Justice attorneys are pressing ahead with about 25 fraud cases developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general against apartment landlords suspected of corruption, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Mr. Cuomo quietly developed the amnesty proposal last summer as the government began a major fraud case against apartment landlord A. Bruce Rozet of California, a big ...

Give me a break.

nyc bar member said...

this is another reason why Andy will never be Governor! This is really stupid! It would create a legal nightmare!

Anonymous said...

Leave it to a nyc "bar member" to call "stupid" ANY attempt to rid our court system of corruption. I say that the previous commenter should NOT get amnesty-throw his or her ass in jail. And something would 'create' a 'legal nightmare.' You fool, we've been LIVING a nightmare thanks to you corrupt 'sell-your-mother' dishonest 'officers of the court.'

Anonymous said...

I happen to wear a black robe at work, and I would welcome such an event. It is, sadly, no surprise that OCA has chosen to ignore their obligation to clean house.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately judge..how does an amnesty correct corruption?
The criminal judicial element gets to admit they committed crimes or civil illegalities on the taxpayer dollar and time, and then what..they get to keep their job and go back unscathed to participate again in their corruption? What is the punishment? What precludes them from future corrupt action, of which a predictor of the future is a persons past? What about those who did nothing..they get to stay also..with NO rewards or promotions etc.? What about the criminal action these people have participated in..like attempted murder, conspiracy and perjury and the serious civil actions of libel, slander and defamation? So..years of negative and horrific behavior of court employees, equal to that of all the criminals that OCA judges and has punished ,gets washed away because they had the privilege of being an OCA employee?
As a menmeber of the judiciary, I cannot for the life of me, see that you have used any judgment in assessing this ridiculous method of cleaning up the court system of it's corruption.

Why not bring in the feds, indict those that that they can, remove judy kaye and all her administrative judges and supervisors and start with those employees that are extremely capable and have been pushed aside, to operate what is left that is good. There are many employees and judges that could take over today and do an outstanding and excellent job in running the courts, without the disturbance of political hacks.
I know for A fact that these hacks have conspired to destroy anyone with intelligence, independence and ethics...for abuse, stupidty and cowardly power.
A judge, of all people commenting, should have more integrity and sense, than to think a clean slate would correct something this insidious and embedded!

ny pol said...

Mario told his son not to have anything to do with Spitzer, he was told to steer clear of him. This happened at least 7 months before Spitzer went down in flames with his female additions. Someone knew it was only a matter of time before something titillating was going command the media.
So who is guiding Andrew and what is in the wings? Is it the major Judicial scandal that has been rumored? Is this what's behind Andy Boy's move?

Anonymous said...

Please post exactly what someone should do if one wanted to talk about criminal acts they observe within a courtroom, acts by state employees. No trust in NY IG.

Anonymous said...

FBI...if they don't listen locally, write to the head of that agency! Always document what you are doing and who you contact!

Anonymous said...

Bring in the friggin' FEDS.

oca employee said...

the AG Cuomo is crazy! Whatever he is on he better get off of it quick! Who is he floating these trial ballons for? What is purpose?

Anonymous said...

what he should have done is encoraged clerks and other people to come foward and thier involvement would be overlooked.

giving judges and lawyers a feee pass is going to send the message that if you are sleazy enough you can get off for free.

that is not going to clean up the long term problem. Cleaning up the problem would require manditory jail time and fines (they steal millions and give back a few coins)
The DDC is a failure, set up an independant DDC were lawyers and judges must go before a pannel of mostly law people not their pollitical buddies.

Anonymous said...

This should be interesting to watch. Will Civil Court Judges be included? I would love to see what comes out about Judge Sylvia Ash.

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