By Ed Diokno
Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of the New York Supreme Court will get her day in court.
“There are too few Asian American judges in New York,” read a statement from Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund. “We must not support a nominating system that allows highly qualified and independent judicial candidates to be kept off the ballot, simply because they fall out of favor with party leaders or unfairly become the target of anonymous attacks.”
The initial rejection of Ling-Cohan, first revealed in a New York Post story last week quoting an anonymous source saying the panel viewed her as “lazy,” has called into question the impartiality of the process — now dominated by lawyers who enjoy the opportunity to pick the judges they will appear before in cases involving millions of dollars. “These white shoe lawyers are getting a chance to knock off judges to benefit themselves,” charged Pete Gleason of the Downtown Independent Democrats.
Critics of the panel recommendation say that opposition to Ling-Cohan was spearheaded by a real estate lawyer whose firm would benefit if Ling-Cohan, who is widely supported by tenant groups, were not allowed to run again.
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