Of course, Janet DiFiore, as I have revealed in multiple blogs and written testimony to the New York Senate, is not even close to being excellent, honorable, fair - moreover, the only reason why she so far escaped criminal investigations and prosecutions is her high-ranking friends, one of them Andrew Cuomo who appointed her as a quid pro quo for her saving his ass from corruption investigation, see my blog here.
Here is a lawsuit filed against her in 2008 claiming voter fraud and corruption back in her election for her position of the District Attorney of Westchester County.
Guilio Cavallo complied and secured such an endorsement. That lawsuit was on file when DiFiore was considered for her position as a Chief Judge.
No investigations were handled by state or federal authorities, attorney disciplinary committee, or the New York Senate of these serious charges filed with federal court under oath.
When criticism of the corrupt endorsement appeared in the local press, Cavallo and DiFiore reportedly met in the local eatery where DiFiore claimed that the owner of the criticizing newspaper was allegedly a member of "Albanian organized crime" and that she will "fix him" when the time comes.
At the same time, according to the statement of the owner of that newspaper in his OWN lawsuit against DiFiore,
DiFiore called the owner of the newspaper Selim Zherka and threatened him with her own and her husband's influence, yelling that the newspaper cannot touch her family and that her husband knows all U.S. Supreme Court justices by their first names and has their direct numbers. I will post a separate blog about that lawsuit.
Cavallo then describes that he was lured into a GOP meeting where D'Amato posed threats against him in order to have him "make peace with DiFiore", including by mentionin that D'Amato's wife worked for a "powerful federal judge".
D'Amato's wife at the time was Katuria Elizabeth Smith and she worked as a clerk for Loretta A. Preska. Judge Loretta Preska is still on the bench in the "mother ship" court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was the court's Chief Judge for several years from 2009.
Judge Preska reportedly had an "unusually warm relationship" with her "law clerk family" - including, obviously, D'Amato's wife, which D'Amato used to threaten Giulio Cavallo.
Guilio Cavallo who, by the time of the meeting, published one article against DiFiore and wanted to publish more, was, as he reports, intimidated and did not publish any further articles.
Here is what Guilio Cavallo claimed against DiFiore in his lawsuit:
Of course, since the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where D'Amato's wife clerked for one of its judges, the lawsuit was doomed.
Yet, information from that lawsuit about Janet DiFiore, now Chief Judge of New York State is still on Pacer, and the public is entitled to see it.