Letters to the Editor

Owners Bear Burden of Nonpaying Tenants

By Demetrios Coritsidis |

Giving indigent tenants the right to counsel should not be done only to reduce or delay evictions, if they are warranted, or to save the city money in not having to send homeless tenants to shelters. If the city wants to have non-paying tenants continue to live in their apartments, the burden should fall on all taxpayers.

Judge Laura Jacobson

More Salient Points on Judge's Ouster

The article "Judge in Legal Row With Brooklyn Democrats Kicked Off Party Ticket" does not mention several salient points relevant to the complaint against the Brooklyn party filed by Justice Laura Jacobson.

German Citizenship More Complicated Than Article Portrays

Your article "Restoration of German Citizenship for Holocaust Victims and Descendants" was interesting. I know from experience that citizenship restoration is not an especially onerous process, that supporting documents are fairly easy to find and that the German authorities are generally very helpful.

Article Misses Cause of Foreclosure Delays

The article "Recent Efforts to Speed Up Foreclosure Proceedings in N.Y." is more inflammatory than informative. It flogs crude and scornful stereotypes about distressed homeowners that bear no resemblance to the reality that advocates for these homeowners have seen since before the housing crisis began.

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Can the NYPD Comply With Basic Rules?

The recent report by the inspector general of the New York City Police Department solidifies the lack of trust minorities have towards the NYPD.

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New Commissioner of NYPD Has Tough Challenges Ahead

By Michael J. Gorman |

One lesson that the new police commissioner, James O'Neill, can learn from William Bratton's trail-blazing tenure as police commissioner is that in these racially contentious times, the top police boss will never be able to please everyone, no matter how low the crime rate.

Diversity CLE Could Become Burdensome

By Howard Sayetta |

The purpose of continuing legal education is to keep attorneys current with the day-to-day practice of law. The addition of a requirement for a certain number of hours of diversity training will have the result of either making less time available for courses keeping one current with practice, or adding another burdensome requirement.

CLE Should Include Diversity Training

By Raun J. Rasmussen |

Making diversity and inclusion an ongoing CLE requirement will elevate these important issues for the entire bar, helping us all to continue our work to eliminate bias and create more justice in our workplaces, our profession, and our communities.

Note to Albany: Level of Court Funding Is a Disgrace

By Leonard Levenson |

Our court system is in a state of non-functioning ineffectiveness that has not been so dysfunctional within memory. The genesis of this problem stems from the recession of 2008, when the Legislature made substantial cuts in the judiciary budget.

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Eliminate Flaws in Speedy Trial Act

By Thomas M. O'Brien |

The now-notorious case of Kalief Browder illustrates how prosecutors' tactics to prevent the speedy-trial "clock" from running have thwarted the operation of what was intended to be a statutory protection against prolonged confinement while awaiting trial.

Pleasures of Practice Other Than Profits

By Thomas R. Newman |

Firm leaders would do well to heed the words of one of our greatest judges, Learned Hand, who said, "while I should be the last to say that the making of a profit was not in itself a pleasure, I hope I should also be one of those to agree there were other pleasures than making a profit."

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Justice Denied in the Bronx

By Nancy Gertner |

Where there is no realistic or meaningful opportunity to demand a trial—in a system where a person may wait over three years for a trial on a low-level misdemeanor and lose a job in the process—the constitutional underpinnings of plea-bargaining collapse. It is a punishment system, not a trial system.

New York State Capitol in Albany

Notice and Comment Lawmaking and the NYS Assembly

By Joshua D. Brooks |

In a democratic society like New York state, the idea that the public should participate in government policymaking is generally accepted without argument, but not necessarily without qualification. Consider the differing views on the proper role of lobbyists in lawmaking or stakeholders in notice-and-comment rulemaking.