At this time, I am analyzing the contents of the swearing-in hearing for New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.
It is a lot of work, and it will take me some time - especially that there is a lot of interesting material available in that one hearing.
Here is the picture of Andrew Cuomo from his Twitter account. It is a public record. Andrew Cuomo is obviously presenting himself to the public as some kind of a "people person".
That is, while catering to the big gaming business and having DiFiore help him hide his financial connections to that industry.
Cuomo twitted several times yesterday that he was going to attend and deliver a speech at the swearing-in ceremony of DiFiore.
Then, Cuomo made some twits indicating that "Janet" is apparently a champion in PREVENTING and REVERSING wrongful convictions, even though there is evidence (that the NYS Senate refused to consider) that Janet DiFiore is behind CREATING those wrongful convictions. Here is the happy "champion", sitting right next to her benefactor.
Cuomo also had the audacity to stress that DiFiore was the best choice out of multiple candidate for the position.
By the way, Preet Bharara was present at the ceremony. While he was clearly invited to be appeased and not to pursue Cuomo and DiFiore for their crimes, I wonder whether Bharara used the opportunity to collect evidence of Cuomo's and DiFiore's misconduct. I guess, we will learn about that in the future.
Cuomo posted some other tweets in connection with the swearing-in ceremony that are clearly bizarre and shows the state of mind (or lack of any mind, rather) of the New York State Governor.
If a judge, even the state Chief Judge, even the deceased former state Chief Judge, says something stupid, it is not necessary to repeat it.
He stated that allegedly Judge Judith Kaye, former and now deceased Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals said that "Court of Appeals was lawyer heaven". The statement is clearly dubious on so many levels that, once again, it has better not be repeated during a swearing-in ceremony of a new Chief Judge - of all occasions.
But, since Cuomo wanted to introduce the name of his also recently deceased father into the ceremony, it did not matter whether the statement of Judith Kaye he quoted was dubious and inappropriate for the occasion - as long as he could state that heavens "acquired" "a couple of pretty good lawyers - Kaye and Mario Cuomo" (Andrew Cuomo's father).
How Cuomo knows whether Kaye and his father went to heaven rather than to hell or purgatory - is anybody's guess.
How Cuomo knows whether Kaye was even religious, and whether the concept of "heaven" was in accordance with her religion, is also anybody's guess.
The important thing for Cuomo obviously was to inject his father's name into the ceremony.
He did it once again later.
Cuomo is proud that, like his father, he is "only one of two governors to have appointed the entire court".
Yet, since judges of the Court of Appeals are replaced only when the previous one's terms run out, or when they retire through mandatory or voluntary retirement during their terms, I wonder what is this point of pride - that judges on the highest court reached their retirement age, their term expired or they decided to retire voluntarily during the time when the Cuomos - father and son - were Governors?
That is some kind of pride?
Nothing else to be proud of?
And - what Mario Cuomo, his passing, his allegedly being an "excellent lawyer" or his allegedly going to heaven has to do with swearing in of the new Chief Justice of New York State Court of Appeals?
But, to crown it all, Cuomo posted the following:
A shrine to justice is a "holy or sacred place".
The courthouse and the courtroom is, admittedly, beautiful, even though the expense of creating and maintaining a palace for several people to gather and resolve disputes (which is what courts do) is completely unwarranted from a taxpayer point of view.
But, since the New York State Court of Appeals is "a shrine" now, are now supposed to treat it as an untouchable holy relic instead of a place where our public servants are supposed to work properly - or be fired if they do not work well?
On the other hand, once you call something "a shrine", it will look bad if anybody would dare to criticize how the "shrine" works. A shrine should not work, it is there to be admired and worshiped.
Well, nothing unexpected from Cuomo - and I will provide the full analysis of the swearing-in hearing/ceremony when I am finished with reviewing it.
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