Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2007 May See New York's Last Supreme Court Nominating Convention

In a post about petitions filed for this year's primaries, Liz Benjamin at the Daily News reminds us that "[t]his could be the last time state Supreme Court nominees will be selected via the party-leader controlled convention route, which has been deemed unconstitutional by state courts and is headed for the US Supreme Court."

While we offer no predictions, we certainly hope that the Supreme Court affirms the unanimous panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Along with the Brennan Center, a broad and diverse group of amici from around the state and around the nation have argued to the Supreme Court that in addition to the system's constitutional flaws, New York's byzantine process is the "worst of all worlds" when it comes to judicial selection. (quoting the brief of City of New York; New York State Bar Association; Bar Association of the City of New York).

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