By Harry Reynolds
When in 2007 the Office of Court Administration (OCA) unlawfully withheld from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court the modest 25 year record of Congressman Rangel’s failure to register, was the cause of the OCA’s decision the fact that the OCA knew that there were New York State legislators who were as guilty as Rangel and that the OCA had not referred them to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court?
Who had the motive and arrogance to make those decisions?
Did the then Chief Administrative Judge, Jonathan Lippman, now the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, our highest court, know of those decisions?
Did Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the Assembly who was responsible for Lippman’s appointment in 2009 as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, speak to Lippman about any of the guilty legislators?
Who were the New York State legislators blessed by the happy disposition of the OCA towards them? How many guilty legislators since 2007 have left the OCA building in lower Manhattan wearing party hats?
If the OCA was sensitive to the heady air of politics, did it extend to other matters such as delinquent attorneys sleeping in its records as “delinquent” for four, six, and eight consecutive years?
Can you tell by looking at any OCA attorney registration list the number of consecutive years a registered attorney has been “delinquent”? Why doesn’t OCA list that information?
Is it fair to state that the Chinatown lawyer, Stanley Chin, was suspended in his eighties from the practice of law by a court that did not know that the OCA unlawfully refrained from referring legislators to that court for disciplinary action warranted by the conduct for which Chin was suspended?