Two Newest Top Court Judges Often Take Different Stands

, New York Law Journal

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Over the past year, the Court of Appeals' newest judges, Jenny Rivera and Sheila Abdus-Salaam, have frequently found themselves on the opposite sides of cases, usually criminal appeals, articulating not only a difference of opinion on the results, but also on how those results should be reached.

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  • Ravi Batra

    Judges Jenny Rivera and Shelia Abdus-Salaam represent two of the best official acts of Governor Andrew Cuomo. That his appointments cause enhanced honest intellectual tension on the Court serves to heighten the nuance-rich debates as well as recalibrate the Opinions to better serve our society.

    Like his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s appointments and designations to the Judiciary have promoted greater excellence on the bench. Cuomo I used to appoint Democrats and Republicans, Upstaters and Downstaters. Cuomo II seems to have embellished on that rich and noble family tradition by appointing divergent view-holding jurists to maximize independence and intellectual tension - the necessary predicate for doing greater justice more often - even from the great and reluctant Holmes.

    New York will remain in Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s debt for his diverse and superior judicial appointments - the benefit will flow to our children‘s children even as it makes New York‘s courts our nation‘s envy!

    Dated: 7/30/14
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    Ravi Batra

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