Release Date: March 25, 2007
An op-ed by UB Law School Professor James Gardner was published in the "Perspective" section of the Albany Times Union. Gardner argues that politics taints selection of judges in New York State. "The problem today is that the state's judicial selection system isn't working as intended. Although the public continues to perform its role, the parties have badly perverted the system. They extort donations from judicial candidates. They enforce an extralegal system of judicial promotion from lower to higher courts. They drive away qualified candidates who are unwilling to play ball. And they collude to thwart popular choice by cutting deals about whom to run, when and where," Gardner writes. Go to article.