The New York Post by Denise Buffa - August 28, 2003
The first of about a half-dozen former judges has testified before the Brooklyn grand jury probing judicial corruption in the borough, bringing DA Charles Hynes closer to landing indictments against Democratic Party big shots, sources told The Post yesterday. The former judges, all women, are coming forward without being subpoenaed, a source said. The focus of the probe is allegations that judgeships are routinely bought and sold. Karen Yellen, a judge for 10 years who appeared before the panel yesterday, has maintained she was pressured to hire a political printing and consulting firm and a campaign consultant she had never used before, sources have told The Post. But she lost her re-election bid, blaming it largely on those she was compelled to employ, saying they did nothing for her, even though she paid them $17,000. Also expected to testify is Maxine Archer. A source said the former judge, who had 10 years of experience on the bench, alleges she was asked to pay about $160,000 to keep her job.