OCCUPYING GOVERNMENT to End Corruption in our Courts

NY Times: Judges Are for Sale — and Special Interests Are Buying

OCCUPY NY COURTS NOV 1 – A blistering new report details how big business and corporate lobbyists are pouring money into state judicial elections across the country and packing the courts with judges who put special interests ahead of the public interest.

The new study — by New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, and the Justice at Stake Campaign, a non-partisan reform group — found that a small group of super spenders plays the biggest role, using their money to buy the kind of judges they want hearing their cases. These super spenders are the usual suspects: mainly big business, corporate lobbyists, and trial lawyers. Also high on the list: a disturbing category called “unknown.” In many states, disclosure laws are so weak that special interests can buy judicial elections without the public even finding out.

Cohen, the author of Nothing to Fear, teaches at Yale Law School.

Professor Cohen, WE WILL OCCUPY COURTS NOV 1:

Americans for Legal Reform proudly presents:  ELENA SASSOWER, director and co-founder of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc. (CJA), will be our guest speaker at the November 1st meeting of Americans for Legal Reform.

OCCUPY NY COURTS
Tuesday, November 1st
7:00 p.m.
Plainview Library
999 Old Country Road
Plainview, N.Y. 11803
(Tel: 516-938-0077)

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14 Responses to OCCUPYING GOVERNMENT to End Corruption in our Courts

  1. Cecilia Gullas says:

    Comment by Cecilia K. Gullas

    A Court Decision by the Appellate Term, First Department on a Court Order by Housing Court Judge Brenda Spears is very revealing on the kind of inefficient lazy judge that Judge Brenda Spears is. The decision was published in the New York Law Journal on Wednesdayh, January 4, 2012 under Court Decisions on page 21. The decision by the Appellate Term says that “Civil Court erred in dismissing the underlying illegal lockout proceeding after colloquy, without taking sworn testimony or receiving evidence pin admissible form. Issues concerning petitioner’s occupancy status in the single room occupant hotel premises and the legality of respondents-owners’ actions were not properly addressed by the informal procedure utilized in Housing Court.”
    Judge Brenda Spears is not working to the best interest of litigants. She is wasting limited court responses by expecting the Appellate Term to do the job for her. She should be removed from the bench!.

  2. Tony McDonnly says:

    I have a court case involving Judge Brenda Spears who violated the civil and constitutional due process rights of a rent stabilized tenant in a non payment proceeding where she ignored and dismissed the non existence of 4 dismissed nonpayment proceedings that were never litigated in court by the landlord. Only 1 nonpayment was litigated which granted the tenant an Abatement. This case also involves a Nuisance action. Ironically, appellate case law requires notification and warnings be sent to the tenant by the landlord or by their managing agents. This was never done. No documentation was submitted against the tenant. Instead, she relied on the false testimonies of 7 petitioner witnesses who all admitted they never documented one single nuisance incident against this tenant. Her judicial was so bad, the Appellate Term First Dept. transferred the case over to the Appellate Term Second Dept. so they can reverse and reprimand her. There is more to come with the case. The tenant of record plans to file a “private citizen” / “public official” lawsuit against Brenda Spears. (notice she wasn’t called a judge)

  3. Fran says:

    I too have a major problem with JUDGE BRENDA SPEARS
    She should be removed from office .
    Bias against Tenants..Favoring Landlords
    Please contact….put our heads together an take ACTION against her!

  4. Giulliano Martinez says:

    I was evicted from my home by judge Spears i have an Autistic child and i was involved in an automobile accident in a taxi leaving work.my accident was the reason for tardy payments i was not allowed council our given a chance to speak. To make matters worse i was making payments but because of a discount clause i was being charged 2100 dollars a month for a one bed room in the Bronx this seems highly illegal pls HELP HELP

  5. n santaniello says:

    She needs to be removed…I was a victim of Linda spears…I am a month to month tenant and was taken to court for holdover …by law under relastate code 232 a. And 232 b. The landlord was supposed to give me a 30 day notice before taking me to court…I pleaded with her and told her the courts did not have jurisdiction on me and that the case should be dismissed and that the landlord lied in the holdover petion stating I did not have permission to live there …when in fact not only I had a signed lease I also had rent receipts to prove it was a false petition…after showing the evidence by law she should have dismiss it…but didn’t…..can anyone help

  6. Danziger says:

    I had an interesting event before Judge Spears a few years back – it was so odd I never forgot it. I’m a tenant who, having been assigned housing court judges that were blatantly pro-landlord (heck, the opposing lawyer gave money to the trial judge and got to call it a campaign contribution), had lost a non payment proceeding. My adversary filed a motion for fees. At the time I was trying to appeal the case and argued before Judge Spears that due to the appeal, discussing fees was premature. She agreed, which was fine. The weird thing was that as soon as our time before the Judge ended, she then met with the lawyer for the landlord privately, Even worse, she conducted the meeting ‘off the record’, with the housing court digital recording system left off. I remember peering through the small window in the closed door of the courtroom, wondering what kind of judge meets privately with one side like that only minutes after a court session? I wanted to bolt back into the courtroom to demand an answer, but as an inexperienced layperson there, I didn’t have the nerve. I was left with the unsettling feeling that this is a very unprofessional judge.

  7. Roberta T says:

    OH MY GOD! We were almost evicted by Judge Spears as well! She didn’t even read the case history. We were saved at the eleventh hour. She is corrupt and really really bad news!!

  8. davidmeh says:

    JUDGE BRENDA SPEARS IS HORRIBLE

    I have worked in the legal industry for 24 years and I can tell you that Judge Brenda Spears is one of the worst Judges out there. She is know to sit on motions for six months or more and in some cases, she never issues any orders. And she has repeatedly violated the letter of the law in issuing fundamentally incorrect decisions. She may be having mental and health issues in her old age that is affecting her job.

    Do all you can to avoid this Judge. For example, do not file any new cases or motions before her until she is rotated out of your part, or go directly to trial so you get another Judge assigned. Otherwise, she could case you to wrongly lose your case. Judge Brenda Spears is clearly a BAD JUDGE.

  9. flea says:

    I left her courtroom today then I did a web search on her. I did a web search because I felt there was something wrong with her. She is hurting people. I know she hurt me. I suspected her quickness to judge was a cover for her inability to comprehend, basically, what the hell is going on in front of her.

  10. Allison W says:

    Can we file a suit against this judge as deprived deliberately acting outside her role etc and depriving us of our rights?

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