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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NY Daily News Editorial on Judicial Raises

An order for the court: State's judiciary must not direct Legislature to give it a raise
The New York Daily News - EDITORIAL- January 13, 2010

Judges on the Court of Appeals heard a suit yesterday contending they and their colleagues have a right to higher salaries - and should order the Legislature to pony up. The court must not go down that road. The arguments made clear that New York's judiciary should refrain from provoking a constitutional clash with lawmakers over pay. This is not the case for war between branches of government. The good-government and political grounds for granting judges their first cost-of-living adjustment since 1999 are rock-solid. Their salaries have lost a third of their buying power to inflation, to the point that the chief judge brings in less than a junior associate at a major Manhattan law firm. But good-government and political arguments are out of place as the basis for judicial action, let alone for intruding on lawmakers' prerogatives. Then, too, ordering legislators to appropriate moneys would would smack of credibility-destroying self-interest. The jurists point primarily to a constitutional clause that prohibits lawmakers from diminishing judicial salaries. They reason that inflation has eaten away judges' purchasing power, and therefore pay has, in effect, been diminished. It's a slim reed. But there's no way constitutional framers had the Consumer Price Index in mind when they wrote the clause. The intent was to prevent rogue lawmakers from punishing judges for unpopular decisions by actively cutting salaries. Nothing of the sort has happened here. No, New York's judges are, like so many others, merely victims of irresponsible legislating. The onus rests with the Assembly, led by Speaker Sheldon Silver, who refused to hike judicial pay unless lawmakers, too, got raises - and then never had the gumption to fight for increases. No matter what the Court of Appeals does, rest assured that Silver will get around to the issue when he is good and ready. Sadly, judicial discretion will be the better part of valor.

10 comments:

show them the money... or handcuffs said...

Two thoughts: let's give the honest judges BIG, FAT raises; and let's throw the bad, dishonest judges off the bench!! (Don't forget, you get what you pay for...)

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable.

Don't all those judges have a conflict of interest?

Every last one of them must recuse themselves.

If they don't they should be brought up on ethic charges.

But we know how that would end.

Anonymous said...

this makes no sense our Senators, many without a law degree, years practicing, they allowed consulting fees into the millions,
our judges can not even get a raise,
this shows how our Senators have power over judges, includes getting them better courtrooms and offices, personell.........

time the honest judges turn in the corrupt bastards, judge or senator and hold their honor........

judges should strike, until a proper Ethics Bill is signed by our legislatures, senators!
STRIKE JUDGES STRIKE!!!!!!

TELL SHELLY & FRIENDS TO STICK IT!

Anonymous said...

let the honest judges turn in the corrupt judges and give them a huge bonus, for tolerating the crud for so many years!

Anonymous said...

Our Senators coerce judges,
time to do it back
STRIKE JUDGES STRIKE

UNTIL ETHICS BILL IS SIGNED

While the courthouse is closed,
send in the FEDS to clean it up........

Anonymous said...

while you are on strike
sue the Senators & legislatures
for theft of services- being paid tax dollars for no useful service to us

derilict of duties-performing or not performing their duties, including the state budget mess!!!!!!

STRIKE JUDGES STRIKE
AND SUE THE SENATORS, LEGISLATORS!

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Anonymous said...

If the judges do not like the pay go work some place else. It is simple. No one made them run to become a judge, thier are a lot of lawyers want to become judges. It is a secure paycheck WITH GOOD BENIFITS and most of the time they are not working. It is more like a part time job. You never here them complaining about healthcare cost or vacation time or retierment.
They complain about money yet they never say what a good deal they get on the benifits that they get.
If the judges want to cry about thier pay they should disclose thier total compensation, like medical coverage, vacation time and how many hours they actually work per week.

Anonymous said...

Judges are getting outright... $10,000 a year for whatever they need to do with it...much greater than the amount of state granted raises I have received in 10 years...so what is the real complaint....black robes?

Anonymous said...

THROW ALL THE BUMS OUT!

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