“New York’s court-controlled system of attorney discipline cannot survive an evidentiary presentation, ” declared Center for Judicial Accountability Director Elena Sassower. In powerful testimony at the August 11, 2015 public hearing of New York’s Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, Sassower offered up boxes and folders filled with evidence that New York’s attorney disciplinary system is “dysfunctional, politicized, and corrupt”. Will the Commission confront this and other evidence? – consistent with its mission of a “top-to-bottom”, “comprehensive” review? Based on this footage, what do you think? And what do you think about the documented evidence presented by Sassower and others? You can examine it, for yourself, from the Center for Judicial Accountability’s website, http://www.judgewatch.org, accessible via the prominent homepage link “Confronting the Front: The Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline” or via this direct link: http://www.judgewatch.org/web-pages/s… You be the judge – and share your comments below. And you can watch Sassower’s post-hearing interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJKZa…
A must see video. In 18 minutes this wonderful, wonderful woman makes a ton of excellent points.
Why isn’t the NY Bar association audited by an independent auditor to determine that valid citizen complaints are not being routinely dismissed?
Can’t we have that in Illinois?
Ms. Sassower is a second generation whistleblower. Her father was disbarred for reporting corruption and standing up to a judge where corporate assets went missing and undistributed to those that were owed them. Her mother was indefinitely suspended without notice, hearing, complaint, trial, appeal or even a chance to appeal. What justice is that?
What an invigorating and eye opening video. Apparently Ms. Sassower worked for years to get a public hearing. What did they giver her? Onlly 15 minutes and then the state bar walked out and security came right away to tell her to leave.
This is the treatment the public gets for a shopping cart chock with files that should have been studied? Honest complaints that should have resulted in discipline?
Shame on the New York bar.
But I like the idea of a public hearing, of public accountability.
In the end, Ms. Sassower had to bet for a few more minutes, but all she got was security to escort her away. And in the end, the NY State Bar staff walked out on her and did not support her. The audience applauded her efforts.
What a heronie. Or wait, was she just one of the few attorneys in NY actually doing her job?
A huge thanks for Eliot Bernstein to send this link to me.
And please watch or hear the 18 min. video then post a comment of support for Ms. Sassower’s wonderful efforts to clean up New York
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