In N.Y., Publication of ‘Simple’ Judicial Directory Proves Complicated

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For a decade now, advocates of judicial oversight have dreamed of compiling a basic guide to the New York State judiciary. The guide would be "no more than a public list of state judges and their professional backgrounds," writes Joyce Purnick in the New York Times. Simple? Not in New York. A decade ago, the state's chief administrative judge, E. Leo Milonas, tried to create a directory to give the public more information about Supreme Court justices, who are elected. (In New York, Supreme Court is the court of broadest jurisdiction, not the high court.) The judges "went . . .

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