The concern is that once it was widely known that Barrett's Corruption Article would appear in this week's February 11th print edition of the Village Voice, politicians close to Shelton Silver instructed state Judiciary Committee Chairman John L. Sampson to immediately confirm the nomination by Governor Paterson of Jonathan Lippman for New York's next Chief Judge. Insiders say that New York Senator John Sampson initially balked at ramming the chief judge confirmation before his Senate Judiciary Committee without full disclosure. However, it was learned that Shelton Silver advised personal associates over the weekend that the chief judge confirmation hearing was "all set" and that it would be "fast-tracked" the morning of Wednesday, February 11, 2009- the same day Barrett's Corruption story was to be available to the public.
Widespread Corruption has been alleged at the state's Judicial Nomination Commission, the Commission on Judicial Conduct and the various statewide attorney grievance committees- and those charges are the focus of various federal committee and prosecutorial reviews.
The Judicial Nomination Commission has been publicly slammed recently by New York's Governor Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the "process" utilized in forming the list of names for NY's Chief Judge from which a choice had to be picked.
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