January 13, 2009
The Honorable Malcolm A. Smith, Senator
Office of the New York State Majority Leader
907 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247
via U.S. Mail & facsimile # 518-455-2816, 212-298-5605 and 718-528-4898
RE: Call for Public Hearings on Corruption in the New York State Judiciary and Bar
Dear Senator Smith:
Your status as Senate Majority Leader has renewed the promise of hope to the great people of New York. We are encouraged by, and have long yearned for, your leadership in reforming the condition of avarice and corruption that exists within and about our state’s court system.
We believe that the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the statewide attorney grievance committees are irreversibly corrupt. The growing outcry, volume of lawsuits and complaints from every corner of this state represents the serious condition of wholesale corruption and lawlessness by those charged with “ethics oversight.” The time for legislative action is now.
Our near two-year-long research has revealed a troubling state court “ethics” oversight structure that is itself corrupt. We have documented dozens of examples where the law, attorneys, litigants, state employees and, in fact, judges have been targeted for annihilation simply because of a political whim or the vengeful, misguided desires of a few. Conversely, we have evidence of many outrageous and criminal acts by certain individuals within and about the state court system that have been substantively ignored for no other reason than their favored position or political affiliation.
Accordingly, we respectfully request that you hold statewide, and televised, public hearings so that formal findings and recommendations may be presented to state lawmakers for appropriate action. We have commitments from current and retired New York attorneys and judges who wish to testify before you during the first public hearing. True “ethics oversight” must be restored, and the current system of destruction and cover-up must end. To assist you in the formation of a “Commission on Court Oversight,” and in preparation for public hearings, we have dozens of one-page case overviews.
We are confident that future generations will echo our gratitude of your restoration of our faith in our government and in our system of law.
Very truly yours.
Frank N. Brady
Integrity in the Courts