- PART I - Manhattan Ethics Chairman, Roy L. Reardon, Accused of White-Washing Crimes by Attorneys.
- PART II - Statewide Judicial Ethics Chairman, Robert Tembeckjian, Accused of widespread corruption.
PART I - Manhattan Ethics Chairman, Roy L. Reardon, Accused of White-Washing Crimes by Attorneys
Manhattan's "attorney ethics committee," known as the Departmental Disciplinary Committee ("DDC"), is a primary target of the U.S. Attorney General's office. The DDC Chairman, Roy L. Reardon, Chief Counsel Alan W. Friedberg and Deputy Chief Counsel Sherry K. Cohen, have all been formally accused of the widespread covering-up of serious ethics complaints against attorneys who conduct business in the Bronx and Manhattan. According to a source close to the Chariman's Lexington Avenue law firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Mr. Reardon was once regarded as a gentlemen with high ethical standards but, according to the source, "he has sold his soul." The source says many workers are furious that Reardon has personally allowed crimes by connected attorneys to be swept under the rug. "This animal [Reardon] has a blind eye toward sexual assaults upon woman by New York Lawyers, and he has even [given] blanket free passes to any attorney who is politically connected."
Sexual Harassment AND Witness Tampering - Threats on a Federal Witness
The other case involves a Manhattan state-employed Ethics supervising attorney who not only allegedly sexually harassed an attorney under his direction, he confronted her before her sworn testimony in a federal court case with a "message," according to a source, adding, “You have a very serious situation requiring immediate involvement by federal authorities anytime someone confronts a federal witness and warns that a death may result from testimony.”
The New York Norm: Obstruction of Justice
Ethics Chairman Reardon apparently ordered that the involved DDC Ethics supervising attorney, Andral Niven Bratton, Esq., be immediately transferred to the courthouse at 27 Madison Avenue from the Ethics' offices on Broadway where the threatened attorney worked. Another court insider says no one wanted another scandal or anyone talking to any federal agents. The source close to Chairman Reardon's offices says people were appalled that, "Reardon not only failed to report the crime to the authorities, he purposely ignored the obligation to report the incident to the EEOC [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission].” CLICK HERE TO SEE "FBI Probes Threats on Federal Witnesses in NY Ethics Scandal"
It has been long rumored that virtually any ethics complaint, no matter how serious or criminal, could be made to disappear for “favored attorneys.” “The feds are now beginning to understand that a ‘favored attorney’ in New York doesn’t just involve political connections. A New York ‘favored attorney’ is one who pays,” says one attorney who has practiced in the federal court system for over thirty years, and who asked not to be identified. A DDC Whistleblower lawsuit in late 2007 exposed the corruptive operating procedures at the attorney ethics committee. That federal action, Anderson v. State of New York (SDNY), is pending before U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, and involves charges of discrimination and corruption at the DDC. (CLICK HERE to see the Anderson Lawsuit)
“Win at all Costs” and “No Regard for Laws or Ethics” Hits National Agenda
The latest allegations coincide with the obstruction of justice case in the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn against defense attorney Robert Simels and his associate Arienne Irving, who each face up to 10 years in prison for allegedly seeking to use bribes and violence to prevent witnesses from testifying against one of their clients.
Tamanny Hall II – New York Court’s Cesspool Seeps to Washington, D.C.
In November of 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, a case that centers on state level ethics and judges beholden to financial supporters. The Brennan Center and other advocacy groups have called the issues egregious, matters that raise underlying questions about due process on a national level.
TOMORROW, PART TWO - U.S. Attorney Holder asked to End Violations of Federal Law Against New York State Judges.