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  •  Here in NY the parties choose the Supreme Court (9+ / 0-)

    judges.  They take turns.  There are elections, but only one candidate appears on the ballot for both parties.

    This, of course, eliminates anyone not preselected by the party bosses but the Supreme Court (judges selected by this means) ruled that it was not unconstitutional when the case was brought before them.   Gotta love it.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 11:03:19 AM PDT

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    •  however, SCoNY isn't really the *supreme* court (6+ / 0-)

      Not by far.  Even the appellate divisions of the many Supreme Courts -- every one of the 62 counties has one -- are subordinate to the Court of Appeals.

      As far as I can tell, judges of the Court of Appeals aren't elected.  They're appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  (Which doesn't keep them from being political, of course.)

      grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

      by N in Seattle on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 03:41:16 PM PDT

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    •  No, NY's system is far more complicated (2+ / 0-)
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      In fact, Supreme Court races are contested -- we had a contested one just last year here, didn't you notice?  (Good guys lost unfortunately.)  

      It's the nomination procedure which is bizarre -- there's no petitioning or primaries, party committees simply pick someone.  Occasionally without asking them first, as happened to the good candidate in my area.

      The key thing about NY though is that the Supreme Court is the trial courts (hence, Supreme Court Part VII and weird phrases like that).  To get to Appellate Division, your fellow judges in the "Supreme Court" must elect you to it.  To get to the top court, the Court of Appeals, the governor must nominate you out of the Appellate Division and then the Senate must confirm you.

      It's actually pretty damned hard to stack the upper level courts in this state; the process is ludicrously complicated.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 06:26:21 PM PDT

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