Any Testimony on Judicial Conduct Rules?
The only public hearing on proposed rules governing complaints against federal judges was held yesterday in New York, but I can find no reports of what happened or who testified. Were you there? Did you testify? If so, leave a comment below and tell us what you said or heard.
The U.S. Judicial Conference -- the policy-making body of the federal courts -- issued the proposed rules governing judicial conduct and disability proceedings in June. The draft was derived from the so-called Breyer Committee report issued in September 2006 on implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980. When it published the proposed rules, the conference issued an invitation for public comments to be filed by Oct. 15 and scheduled a single public hearing, set for yesterday at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y.
My search of yesterday's news and blog postings found only one person who indicated he would testify at yesterday's hearing, Dr. Richard Cordero, a New York lawyer who runs the Web site Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org and who describes himself as having been involved in 11 federal bankruptcy cases in the last five years. His 19-page letter criticizes the draft rules as "designed by federal judges to protect their own position above both the law and the other two branches of the federal government."
These are important rules that will set the process for determining whether a federal judge engaged in improper conduct. Surely, someone showed up yesterday in Brooklyn to testify. If it was you, let us know.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 28, 2007 at 03:52 PM | Permalink
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