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THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION" TO NEW YORK'S HIGHEST STATE COURT:

EUGENE F. PIGOTT, JR.
 

CJA's September 14, 2006 testimony in opposition to confirmation

Appendix:
A-1      CJA's September 5, 2006 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary  Committee Chair DeFrancisco
A-3      Chair DeFrancisco's September 8, 2006 letter to CJA
A-5      "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's Letter to the Editor, The New York Times,
November 16, 1996
A-6      “Restraining ‘Liars in the Courtroom’ and on the Public Payroll”, CJA’s $3,077 public interest ad, New York Law Journal, August 27, 1997, pp. 3-4
A-9      CJA’s April 18, 1996 letter to David Gruenberg, former counsel to the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee – to which Governor Pataki’s then counsel, Michael Finnegan, was an indicated recipient, sent a copy by certified mail/return receipt
A-14    CJA’s April 29, 1996 letter to Michael Finnegan, Governor Pataki’s then counsel, sent certified mail/return receipt
A-19    Governor Pataki’s January 9, 1997 Nomination of Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. to be an interim Supreme Court Justice for the Eighth Judicial District
A-20     NYS Senate Judiciary Committee’s February 4, 1997 notice of meeting to consider the nomination of Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. as interim Supreme Court Justice
A-21    NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination’s July 20, 2006 letter-report to the Governor, with enclosed “summary of the careers of the recommended candidates”

         
SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: "Corruption of Judicial Appointments to NY's Lower State Courts -- Chronological

          SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY:  The Corruption of 'Merit Selection' to New York's Highest State Court"

CJA's September 18, 2006 letter to Secretary of Senate Steven M. Boggess --
"RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) REQUEST: Senate confirmation of Appellate Division, Fourth Department Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's September 18, 2006 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair DeFrancisco -- "RE: FOR THE RECORD: Senate confirmation of Appellate Division, Fourth Department Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals"

September 25, 2006 letter from Secretary of the Senate Boggess

CJA's September 27, 2006 letter to Secretary of the Senate Boggess -- "RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) REQUEST: Payment & Information as to Policy and Procedure"

CJA's September 28, 2006 letter to Chair DeFrancisco -- "RE: (1) Reiterated request for applicable Senate Rules and Regulations; (2) F.O.I.L. request for stenographic transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's September 14, 2006 'hearing' to confirm Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. to the Court of Appeals, etc."

October 6, 2006 letter from Secretary of the Senate Boggess

October 24, 2006 letter from Chair DeFrancisco's Chief of Staff, Carole Luther

CJA's November 1, 2006 letter to Chair DeFrancisco -- "RE: The Senate Judiciary Committee's Procedures: Transcripts of Confirmation 'Hearings' to the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's January 16, 2007 letter to Chair DeFrancisco -- Att: Chief of State Luther -- "RE: Senate Judiciary Committee Procedures: (1) transcripts of confirmation hearings to NY Court of Appeals; (2) confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to NY Court of Appeals, request for publicly-available documents, & request to testify"

CJA's February 9, 2007 letter to Chair DeFrancisco -- ATT: Chief of Staff Luther -- "RE: (1) CJA's January 16, 2007 letter pertaining to Senate Judiciary Committee procedures & request to testify in opposition to Senate confirmation of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals; (2) CJA's opposition to Senate confirmation of the reappointment of New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye & request to testify in opposition

CJA's February 20, 2007 letter to Chair DeFrancisco -- ATT: Chief of Staff Luther -- "RE: (1) FOIL request for stenographic transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'hearing' to confirm Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr. to the New York Court of Appeals, etc.; (2) Reiterated request for policy pertaining to witness requests for the transcripts of their own testimony"

February 21. 2007 e-mail from Chief of Staff Luther -- "Subject: Re: FOIL Request for Transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'Hearing' to Confirm Justice Jones to NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's February 21, 2007 e-mail to Chief of Staff Luther -- "Subject: Thank You! -- Re: FOIL Request for Transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 12, 2007 'Hearing' to Confirm Justice Jones to NY Court of Appeals"

Senate Judiciary Committee's March 2, 2007 letter

 

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TO BE POSTED:  TRANSCRIPT OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION "HEARING"

TRANSCRIPT OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 SENATE CONFIRMATION

Senate Certification of Judge Pigott's confirmation

Senate Attendance record

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CASE STUDY OF THE PRESS IN ACTION

 -- ALL RECIPIENTS OF CJA's WRITTEN TESTIMONY
&/or EYE-WITNESSES TO WHAT TRANSPIRED AT THE SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 "PUBLIC HEARING"


NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to John Caher, Bureau Chief

John Caher's September 14, 2006 e-mail acknowledgment

BUREAU CHIEF JOHN CAHER WAS AT HEARING --
& received, in hand, hard-copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --
as well as
Syracuse Post-Standard editorial,
"A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


September 15, 2006
"Pigott Breezes Through Hearing"
(John Caher)

September 18, 2006
"
Pigott Easily Confirmed for Court of Appeals"
(John Caher) News in Brief

CJA's September 18, 2006 letter to Kris Fischer, Editor-in-Chief --
"RE: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Pigott Breezes Through Hearing' / 'Pigott Sails Through Confirmation Hearing', September 15, 2006"

    
 [copy to John Caher]



THE NEW YORK TIMES

ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF MICHAEL COOPER WAS AT HEARING --
& received, in hand, a hard-copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --
as well as copy of
Syracuse Post-Standard editorial,
"A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


September 15, 2006
"Pataki Chided Over State Court Appointments" by Michael Cooper,
appearing together with Sam Robert's September 15, 2005 article,
"Pataki Appointments leave a Lasting Stamp"


CJA's September 26, 2006 memo to NYT Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins & The Editorial Board --
"Resting Your Editorial Positions & Endorsements on Documentary Evidence of Corruption in the 'Merit Selection'/Judicial Appointments Processes -- Involving the Front-Runners in the Current Electoral Races for New York Governor & U.S. Senator From New York: Eliot Spitzer & Hillary Rodham Clinton

      
   [indicated copies to Sulzberger, Keller, Abramson, Michael Cooper, Danny Hakim, Jennifer Medina, Landman, Mullany, Taubman, Hernandez, Hicks, Healy, Haberman, Siegel, Calame, Fuchs]


ASSOCIATED PRESS

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to Mark Johnson & Bureau Chief Michael Gormley --
"Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigott to NY Court of Appeals"


REPORTER MARK JOHNSON WAS AT HEARING --
& received, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --
as well as
Syracuse Post-Standard editorial,
A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


 September 14, 2006
"High court pick backs separation of powers"
(Mark Johnson)

September 15, 2006
"Senate moves to require greater mental health coverage"
(Michael Gormley)


GANNETT NEWS SERVICE

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to Bureau Chief Jay Gallagher & reporter Yancey Roy --
"Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigott to NY Court of Appeals"

REPORTER YANCEY ROY WAS AT HEARING 

September 15, 2006
"Heat put on judicial diversity"

(Yancey Roy)

 September 16, 2006
"Mental health pact advances in Senate"

(AP-Michael Gormley)

CJA's October 6, 2006 letter to Henry Freeman, Editor & Vice President of News/The Journal News-Gannett --
RE:  ELECTIONS 2006: Informing the Voters as to Matters of Legitimate Public Concern: (1) CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to attorney general candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro; (2) CJA's June 26, 2006 letter to gubernatorial candidate John Faso; and (3) CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to senatorial candidate John Spencer



ALBANY TIMES-UNION

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to reporter James Odato & Albany Bureau Chief Jay Jochnowitz -- "Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"

REPORTER RICK KARLIN WAS AT THE HEARING (sitting next to Elena Sassower ! ) --
& received, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --
as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process:
Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


LATER, Albany Bureau Chief Jochnowitz, in his Capitol office, personally received a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --
as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


September 15, 2006
"A voice of justice bids farewell"
(Michele Morgan Bolton, Rick Karlin)

 September 14, 2006
"High court pick backs separation of powers"
(AP-Mark Johnson)

September 15, 2006
"Senate moves to require greater mental health coverage"
(AP-Michael Gormley)

September 16, 2006
"Pataki leaving legacy of posts"
(James Odato)

CJA's September 28, 2006 letter to Rick Karlin --
"RE: The Timely, Electorally-Explosive, & Readily-Verifiable Documentary Evidence of the Corruption of 'Merit Selection to NY's Highest State Court: Bringing Down NY Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco, Would-Be Senate Minority Leaders Malcolm Smith & Eric Schneiderman --and Would-Be Governor Eliot Spitzer, Among Others"
     
  [indicated copies to Jay Jochnowitz, James Odato, Elizabeth Benjamin]


SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to bureau reporter Erik Kriss --
"Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"


REPORTER ERIK KRISS WAS AT THE HEARING --
& received, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --

as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003

  
 September 15, 2006
"High court pick backs separation of powers"
(AP-Mark Johnson)

September 16, 2006
"Mental health pact advances in Senate"

(Michael Gormley)


BUFFALO NEWS

REPORTER TOM PRECIOUS WAS AT THE HEARING --
& received, in hand, a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix --

as well as S
yracuse Post-Standard editorial,
A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003


September 15, 2006
"Pigott sails through Senate hearing"
(Tom Precious)


NEW YORK POST

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to reporter Ken Lovett and State Editor Frederic Dicker  --
"Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"


LATER, in their Capitol office, Lovett and Dicker personally received a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix -- as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003



NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to reporter William Hammond --
"Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"


LATER, in his Capitol office, Hammond personally received a hard copy of CJA's testimony with appendix -- as well as Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, A Flawed Process: Judicial Nominees should be subject to more public scrutiny", January 27, 2003

 

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OTHER "MERIT SELECTION"
COURT OF APPEALS APPOINTMENTS



HOWARD A. LEVINE
1993

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
1993-initial appointment

ALBERT M. ROSENBLATT  
1998

VICTORIA A. GRAFFEO

2000

SUSAN P. READ
2003

ROBERT S. SMITH
2004

EUGENE F. PIGOTT, JR.
2006
(you are here)


THEODORE T. JONES, JR.
2007


JUDITH S. KAYE
2007

CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
2007-reappointment

JONATHAN LIPPMAN
2009

 

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