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State's highest court: An assessment

The Times today goes over the first year of the Jonathan Lippman-led state Court of Appeals and how he deals with the majority of four judges who were appointed by Republican Gov. George Pataki. Probably the most controversial moment came when he led the divided panel in overruling two previous court findings so that Gov. David Paterson, who named him to the top spot, could take the unheard-of step of picking his own lieutenant governor despite the Constitution's stated line of succession. The term results-oriented has a layered meaning in the piece. Be interesting to see where all this goes in another year.


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