I already wrote about disqualifications of the majority of the members of that Commission who staunchly refuse to disqualify themselves despite their obvious financial interests in the outcomes of their own decisions.
The Commission is going to live-stream a public hearing today at 11:00 am and posted a link that anybody can (allegedly) follow to watch the hearing online.
Here is the information and the link:
The sequence of invited witnesses suggests the following:
1) First, members of the Commission will hear praises to New York Judiciary from those who financially benefit from expressing such praises - attorneys and judges (see my post today about the main rule of the legal profession - "thou shalt brown-nose your judge").
2) Then, members of the Commission will have lunch.
3) Then, members of the Commission will hear opponents of judicial pay raise, those pesky people who, year after year, raise the issue that the judiciary first needs to clean itself of the rampant corruption and only then it will be entitled to any pay raises - maybe.
We will see how Commissioner's digestive process works after lunch, whether all their blood will drain to their stomachs.
After all, all the most important issues they want to hear - the self-praising and the brown-nosing part - they will hear before lunch.
Yet, at least as a formality, an option to make written submissions is available. So far the written submissions listed on the Commission's website as of today are not many.
I am not persuaded that there were only three or four critical submissions against judicial pay raise in the whole New York, with a huge population of close to 20 million people by 2014 statistics. Looks like the Commission may be hiding something - like NYS OCA is hiding affidavits submitted to the NYS Commission for Attorney Discipline that I asked for in a FOIL request.
After all, why would anybody be exposed to such uncivilized things as criticism of judicial corruption?
It is much more pleasant to hear one set of people interested in boons from another set of people to sing praises about one another - in order to justify putting their collective hands into your pockets, taxpayers of the State of New York.
And here is the announcement about written submissions that can be done to the Commission by e-mail before December 2, 2015.
Don't miss the opportunity to address the pay raise of judges who - at least in New York - are not bound by the rule of law, but readily recall that they are "constitutional officers" when asking for a pay raise of their already inflated salaries.
And here is the kicker.
Judges submitted a report through the New York State Office of Court Administration, available on the Commission's website.
And in that report judges claim that the following principles must be applicable to the issue of pay raises for them:
I strongly recommend adding a "viewer discretion advised" to such pieces.
An unprepared person may suffer grave health consequences, after all.
Those same people who lack any of the four principles of
- regularity, or
- institutional integrity
- regularity and
- institutional integrity