Republican Judges Lose Seats in Democrat-Heavy Election

, New York Law Journal

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Justices Bernard Malone Jr. and E. Michael Kavanagh, who sit in the Appellate Division, Third Department, and First Department Justice James Catterson were defeated on Nov. 6 in their reelection bids for Supreme Court, according to unofficial returns.

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  • Ben Ostrer

    Appointing judges does not eliminate the politics it moves the selection process to backroom. Tenured elected judges should be certificated once they complete their terms. If justices can be certificated for three two year terms after reaching retirement age why not apply that same formula to Judges who complete their initial 14 year term but have not yet reached retirement age? similar to the New Jersey system.

  • Victor Paladino

    Justices Kavanagh and Malone are outstanding, highly regarded jurists. The fact that they will no longer serve as appellate judges illustrates the folly of our system of electing judges. I do not know Mott and Schick, and wish them well, but they have some very big shoes to fill.

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