Judges are supposed to be eloquent, lecturing lawyers and giving stern warnings to criminals, but a couple of veterans pols showed the judges how it’s done this week.
U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Larry Elovich, the former Long Beach Democratic leader and party solon, stood out for their brevity at a judicial induction ceremony in Mineola on Thursday.
The three judges, understandably, went on a bit longer on their big days, and each of them were introduced by people who couldn’t resist the urge to praise — at length.
And there were some things well worth noting.
New District Court Judge Terence Murphy of Seaford had been a U.S. Army lawyer who helped build a case against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and his cronies, as well as against some of the butchers in Bosnia. Murphy gave praise and a shout-out to his Army comrades.
County Court Judge Jerald Carter, for whom Murphy had clerked, had high praise for him, talking of his dedication, both as his law clerk and as an Army lawyer volunteering for combat areas.
The new judge, the son of retired Supreme Court Justice George Murphy — who was on hand to lead the room at the Nassau County Supreme Court Building in the Pledge of Allegiance — also praised the Republican, Conservative and Independence party leaders for supporting his bid — the first successful one of three — for the post.
The judge sworn in minutes earlier, Justice Robert Bruno, being elevated from the District Court to the Supreme Court, drew guffaws when he said: “The Independence Party promised me its endorsement, but at the last minute I didn’t get it. I don’t know if that helped me or not, but it sure didn’t hurt me.”
Bruno, of Wantagh, who was introduced by Conservative Party Chairman Roger Bogsted, was sworn in by his three sons — Robert, Richard and Thomas — in a ceremony that sounded like an echo chamber.
King swore in Murphy and Frank DiKranis, the new Long Beach City Court judge. Elovich introduced DiKranis.