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Albany DA to decide whether to prosecute Paterson for perjury

It's now up to the Albany County District Attorney to decide whether Governor David Paterson should be prosecuted for perjury, following a report that found Paterson misled an ethics panel over payment for tickets to a Yankees World Series game. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Judges warned against using authority to protest pay

The state commission on judicial conduct is warning New York judges against taking retaliatory action against state lawmakers who have not raised the judges salaries in nearly ten years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Kaye derides lawmakers for failing to raise judge salaries

A fed-up Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judge Judith Kaye, says he's infuriated that the latest state budget does not include pay raises for judges. She says she may sue the governor and legislature to get the salary increases, or may take unilateral action to hike the judge's pay herself. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Top judges propose reform of town and village courts

The chief judges of the state's court system want to overhaul local town and village courts. A New York Times series published in late September savaged the local system. The Times found widespread examples of incompetence and improper behavior, especially here in the North Country.
The local courts are often low-budget operations. Most local justices have no legal background, and minimal training. In cases cited by the Times, some allegedly used racist or sexist language. They were accused of showing bias against defendants. People were jailed without due process.
The chief judges' report released yesterday acknowledges many of the weaknesses. Its authors - at the top of the justice system - also admit they can't mandate change.
Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Chief Judge Kaye wants to keep her job

The state's top judge says she'd like to stay in her post under the new governor, Eliot Spitzer. Chief Judge Judith Kaye says she'll reapply for her job when her term runs out next year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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