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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Great NY Times Editorial on NY Election Fraud...(CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)

Pick up today's New York Times, and see the editorial Real Judicial Elections....

October 2, 2007 - Editorial
The New York Times

Real Judicial Elections

The United States Supreme Court hears arguments tomorrow in a challenge to New York’s undemocratic method of electing its Supreme Court judges. A federal appeals court ruled that the process, a relic of the era of clubhouse politics, infringes on the constitutional rights of voters and candidates. The Supreme Court should affirm that well-reasoned decision.

New York’s Supreme Court judges — who are trial-level judges, not members of the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals — are nominated through an archaic system of judicial conventions. These conventions are dominated by delegates handpicked by party bosses, who vote however the bosses tell them.

Independent candidates for judge have virtually no chance of bucking the system. To win the nomination, a candidate who is not backed by the bosses may need to recruit more than 100 delegate candidates to run in different districts. Those candidates would have to collect thousands of petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. If they did qualify, they would need to do an enormous education campaign, because their names appear on the ballot with no identification, so there is no way for ordinary voters to make an informed choice among them.

The judicial conventions themselves are an empty exercise. More than 96 percent of the nominations are uncontested. Absentee rates range as high as 69 percent. They often take, from beginning to end, as little as 20 minutes. When Margarita López Torres, the Brooklyn-based judge who is challenging the system, asked to attend a convention so she could make her case to the delegates, she was told that candidates were not allowed.

In other words, the whole process is a sham. It has the trappings of democracy, but it is not democratic at all. Candidates who want to be elected to a New York State Supreme Court judgeship have no way, short of being given the nod by the bosses, to compete for the voters’ favor. The voters have no real hope of having their votes make a difference in the election.

The New York-based United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rightly ruled that this system of non-elections infringed on the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of association because it denied candidates and voters “a realistic opportunity to participate in the nominating process.”

In defending the system, New York State argues that the role of political parties in elections must be respected. In this case, however, it is New York State’s law that is trampling on the parties — unless you consider party membership confined to the back room. The law forces the parties to choose their judicial nominees through a Byzantine system that ensures that their actual members, the voters, do no more than rubber-stamp the decisions that are actually left up to the party bosses.

An expert witness for the defendants in this case conceded that New York’s system of selecting judges was “designed” so “the political leadership of the party is going to designate the party’s candidates.” That might work well for the bosses, but it is bad for democracy and inconsistent with the political rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.


Anonymous said...

If they open the selections to elections, we must then work on the revelation to the public, the actual credentials and experience to the voters. NO MORE QUIET ELECTIONS...WHAT EVER IS KNOWN ABOUT THE LAWYER FROM ANY SOURCE, BEGS THE MEDIA TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT. I am sick of watching these judges take the bench when an election is held and no one,but the court personell and those dealing in the courts, know the complete truth. This hopeful victory is only the beginning. IT IS THE OBLIGATION OF ALL NEW YORK STATERS to participate in JUDICIAL REFORM.

Anonymous said...

The establishment doesn't want to let go of it's power

Anonymous said...

what's so bad about a little fraud among friends?

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone who believes that an overhaul of the new york court system is NOT overdue?

Anonymous said...

Shut down the state courts and bring in the FEDS .

Anonymous said...

In western new york, the FBI refuses to take on the judicial crisis. They state that this is the federal judge's obligation!? Can you believe they said this??????? So when i read on this site, bring on the FEDS, i feel compelled to inform you that their position, at least in the 8 judicial districts surrounding me in ERIE county, it is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!????? Maybe the FBI intends to DISSECT THE "UNIFIED" COURT SYSTEM for the purpose of defining the meaning of corruption within the is criminal in nyc and just a nuisance in upstate ny! If an agent reads this, maybe he/she could explain the difference and i can give that person the name of my local agent, if he already doesn't know!

Anonymous said...

Let's face it, there has always been fraud with elections and elections of Judges. It's a BIG SECRET, don't tell anyone.

Anonymous said...

I am NOT voting for any incument!!! THROW THEM OUT. LET THEM KNOW THEY CAN BE BOOTED!!

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