Friday, May 11, 2007

Curiouser and Curiouser

We've heard a lot lately about Judge Kaye's struggle to unhitch the issue of judicial pay raises from the albatross of legislative pay, but this morning's Post reported an interesting spin on the subject. Assemblyman Kirwan, a Republican from Western New York, is accusing Kaye and the Court of Appeals of refusing to take up a case he was involved in because they were concerned for their own pocketbooks.

Kirwan, along with Senator Liz Krueger and the Urban Justice Center, brought a suit challenging, among other things, the fact that minority members of the Legislature are given less staff, office resources, and member items than members of the majority. Kirwan alleges that the members of the Court of Appeals didn't want to ruffle the feathers of the Legislature while they were seeking a pay raise.

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