I already wrote about the reasons for such stark omissions - despite public testimony in the three "public" hearings about such corruption and selective non enforcement.
The reason is simple - because members of the Commission were those who actually participate in such corruption and selective non-enforcement.
Christine Ryba is a good example of unethical behavior that is occurring under the very nose of the Chief Judge of Appellate Division 3rd Department which disciplines, to the point of disbarment, civil rights attorneys, but allowed Christine Ryba to use court computers to pressure court employees to make contributions to her campaign.
I am not familiar with names of court clerks across the State of New York, so I will have to take some time and use this tip, comparing the names on Christine Ryba's financial filings with the New York State Board of Elections with available databases of court employees to see the matches.
I will report as to the matches on this blog.
Chrstine Ryba was also reported to have misrepresented her status in her election campaign - initially, before she was caught - as being already "of New York Supreme Court", instead of being a mere nominee for New York State Supreme Court.
Here are the "before" and "after" screenshots off of Christine Ryba's Facebook campaign page.
Christine Ryba also reported in her 30-second video clip that she "recommends and drafts" judicial decisions for the 3rd Department court.
Watch how confidently Ryba tells her voters that she, in fact, does what she has no authority to do ("recommend" decisions), that she, in fact, influences decisions of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division 3rd Judicial Department, a court which for most litigants is the first and last appellate destination, because the NYS Court of Appeals is a court of extremely limited jurisdiction, and there is no right of appellate review "as of right" in the U.S. Supreme Court, not to mention that every new appellate step, on top of its uncertainty, is prohibitively expensive.
If she could exert improper influence upon judges of the Appellate Division before her ascension to the bench, she will retain those connections after she takes the bench, and if she could not be deterred by attorney ethics from influencing judges before she came to the bench, for the sake of her career advancement, think what she can do to prevent reversal of her decisions when she comes to the bench.
In her video clip, in addition to boasting that she "recommends and drafts" decisions of Appellate Division 3rd Department, she claims superior trial experience.
Here is an anonymous comment from the blog featuring her unethical conduct in her election campaign, and they are anonymous for fear of retribution and for real fear of losing law licenses - and from the office that is the legal representative of the 3rd Department AND Cristine Ryba, the New York State Attorney General's office:
I think so, too. If Ryba is behaving this way in her election campaign, just think what she will do on the bench.
And the naive me, an appellate attorney in that court, was hoping, same as my clients do, that it is the judges elected to the Supreme Court and then appointed by the New York State Governor to the Appellate Division that make the decision.
Now I will have to make motions to vacate all decisions made by that court as having been influenced by a non-judge - according to Christine Ryba's video confession to the voters.
Christine Ryba was also quite recently criticized in the press for violating rules of ethics for judicial candidates by not-so-subtly stating in her campaign that a judge of town court handling traffic tickets (which is not the only thing that a town justice do, where a town justice also handles felony arraignments, felony hearings and a full scope of misdemeanor procedure, from arraignment to jury trials - as well as a variety of civil cases) is not sufficiently qualified for the high position of a Supreme Court justice.
People wrote unnamed letters about Christine Ryba's solicitation of funds for her campaign from court employees through the use of court e-mails for fear of retribution from the "ethical" Ryba and her "benefactor" judge Karen Peters.
Here is the letter that was initially reported on this blog - also by an anonymous blogger.
Here is a screenshot from Ryba's Facebook campaign page I took today where Ryba is boasting of endorsements from two bar associations:
- Albany County - where the 3rd Department court is sitting and where Ryba is on the executive committee (thus disqualifying attorneys from that committee from appearing in the court through possibilities of ex parte communications); and
- Ulster County - where Judge Peters' chambers are located (Kingston, NY, Ulster County). Last year I wrote a blog about an incident that occurred in Ulster County Supreme Court where Supreme Court Judge Cahill's chambers were located on the same floor with Karen Peters' chambers, and I personally sat in the waiting room shared by the two judges in Kingston, NY, Ulster County.