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Judging the Primary

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jonathan Hicks, political reporter for the New York Times, reports on the one race people are paying attention to in this off-year primary election: The Brooklyn Surrogate's Court judge.

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Jonathan Hicks

Comments [3]

as from NYC

The judge system is more corrupt than you can imagine.

Sep. 18 2007 11:01 AM
J.C. from Minneapolis

I've never lived in NY, but listening to this makes me think NY isn't the liberal state I thought it might be. Party caucuses deciding who can even run for judge? Partisan elections for judge? Wow.

It reminds of the series in the N.Y. Times awhile back about the tiny town courts in New York State whose judges aren't lawyers and where defendants have no automatic appeal to the district court (or "supreme court," which is what NY calls it, I gather).

Why does New York State have a seemingly backwards legal system?

(I do realize other states probably have awful judicial systems.)

In any event, I think the best system (though far from perfect) is to have appointed judges, just like the federal system, but for fixed-year terms.

Sep. 18 2007 10:47 AM
m in greenpoint from brooklyn

why are you airing this today?? i wish you had discussed this last week, or even yesterday. i have been so confused by this, and all i could get on the web was the political discussion, and no discussion of the merits of either candidate. i finally decided there must not be any, and i didnt vote this morning. what a sad process.

Sep. 18 2007 10:46 AM

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