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Jul 20, 2018

Trump installing conservative judges at a record pace

President Donald Trump’s second year in office is proving to be his most successful yet in seeing through his promise to remake the federal judiciary. With the confirmation of Andrew Oldham, 39, on Wednesday, the Trump administration has successfully pushed through the Senate the largest number of federal judges than any recent president in his […]

Feb 23, 2017

More states are feuding with their courts

As President Donald Trump escalates his confrontation with the judiciary branch in tweets and speeches, lawmakers in some half a dozen states are testing their state courts’ independence with actual legislation. Bills have been proposed in Florida, Washington state and Idaho to allow those legislatures to override certain court decisions. In Arizona, the House passed […]

Feb 16, 2017

Commentary: Donald Trump has put America in legal hell

President Donald Trump’s attack on the federal judiciary last week came off to many as just the latest in his pattern of insults du jour, lobbed against anyone daring to defy the White House’s designs. The outcry, from congressional Democrats, law professors, and even, if Sen. Richard Blumenthal is to be believed, Supreme Court nominee […]

Feb 8, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch calls Trump’s attacks on judiciary ‘demoralizing’

President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on the judicial branch drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told lawmakers that the attacks were “demoralizing” and “disheartening” to the independence of the federal courts. “He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by[...]

May 27, 2014

Prosecutorial oversight movement underway

Complaints about prosecutors could be reviewed by an independent commission under a  proposal pending in the state Legislature. The Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct would be patterned after the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, created by the Legislature in 1974 and made permanent in 1976. It reviews complaints about the state’s judiciary. The idea came from […]

Feb 6, 2014

Judiciary defends budget request above cap

The Office of Court Administration did everything it could to submit a budget request with the smallest possible increase, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti testified Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The judiciary budget request represents a 2.5 percent increase, or half a percent more than the 2 percent cap Gov. Andrew […]

Jan 22, 2014

Governor: Bring judiciary budget ‘in line’

For the second time in his first term, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is asking the judiciary to cut its budget. He did not mention the court system in his budget address Tuesday, but issued a separate commentary, noting the judiciary has requested $2.1 billion for court operations, not including employee benefits. That, according to Cuomo, […]

Apr 9, 2013

Judiciary feeling impact of sequestration

No criminal cases will be scheduled on Fridays in Western New York federal courts beginning this week through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. The change is a direct result of sequestration, a series of funding cuts that began March 1 as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Michael J. Roemer, […]

Mar 15, 2012

Judicial pay raise expected to pass

ALBANY — The first salary increases for New York judges in 13 years appear headed for approval in the upcoming state budget, quietly ending one of Albany’s long political dramas that recurred annually, then wound through the courts after frustrated jurists sued. State Sen. Stephen Saland and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who co-chair the budget conference […]

Jan 18, 2012

Judiciary off to ‘good start’ in state budget process

It is only the beginning, but the state Office of Court Administration heard some encouraging words Wednesday from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo regarding its proposed 2012-13 budget request. “I commend the judiciary for examining their operations and for continuing to seek to make the court system work better and smarter,” Cuomo wrote in his budget […]

Jan 10, 2012

Judiciary remembers lives lost in Tucson shooting

Flags were lowered at federal courthouses across the country this weekend to the mark the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded 13. Among those killed was Chief Judge John M. Roll, who was attending a constituent gathering sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Judges of the United States District Court, […]

Dec 1, 2011

Judiciary submits austere 2012-13 budget request

An austere budget, slightly down from this fiscal year, is being requested by the state Office of Court Administration. The proposed 2012-13 spending plan, submitted to the Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday morning, calls for $2.3 billion in general fund spending for the fiscal year that begins April 1. That is $3.9 […]

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