Felony Court Branch in Manhattan to Get New Administrator

, New York Law Journal


Acting Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus, who has overseen the courts that handle Manhattan felonies for eight years, is being replaced due to "philosophical differences" with the Office of Court Administration, a spokesman for the agency confirmed Thursday.

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    "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander. The New Press: New York 2010.

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  • Judge Fucker

    Since I‘ve got a letter from Judge Marks staff fraudulently claiming he can‘t comply with 22 NYCRR 100.3(D)(1), the okd man must step down and make himsekf at home in jail with a few NYC housing judges that violated due process with impunity. Hell, he can invite Michael Pesce to join them following the 2002 bribery scandal that rocked Brooklyn. Meanwhile, DiFiore must confess her Excellence Initiative is as excellent as how atrocious judges get disciplined by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct and Judge Fern Fisher - they hardky ever. Kill judicial immunity.

  • Toni Messina, Att at Law

    Having practiced criminal defense law in NYC for many decades, I share a deep regret that Judge Obus is being replaced. His temperment, insight and judiciousness helped solve the most vexing of cases. He was fair-minded to both prosecution and defense. We will all miss the job he did as chief administrative judge. Speed is not always a defendant‘s best friend, especially when dealing with complex felony charges and issues of defendants suffering mental illness and cognitive deficits. Defense attorneys rarely know much about the strength of the case against their client until the eve of trial when the Manhattan D.A.‘s Office finally turns over discovery. All of this adds to delay and the difficulty in brokering a fair plea deal. I welcome Judge Obus back to the bench as a full-time trial judge and look forward to practicing before him in the future. I only hope the court finds someone as good as he was to replace him.

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  • Carol Berkman

    I was honored to be a judge during Judge Obus‘ administration. As each case requires more and more attention due to more exacting procedural rules, electronic and surveillance evidence, expert witnesses, and so on, it will take longer to process and try, notwithstanding the most "muscular" approach to moving cases. The judges and litigants and court staff will miss Judge Obus sorely, although I am sure that he as I wishes the new Court Administration success.

  • Shellene

    So "Due Process" can be sacrificed if a Judge is ‘tired‘ of "no disposition"?

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