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Letter: Court’s secret docket doesn’t inspire trust

A gavel.

A gavel. Credit: Jim Peppler, 2011

If you have lots of money or political influence, you can avoid public humiliation. If you have money or influence, judges and court employees will apparently include your case on a “secret docket” [“Secret docket for cases,” News, Feb. 27].

The cases of special treatment involved an investment adviser, a doctor, a state senator and the Suffolk County Police Department. The chief deputy Nassau clerk states, “We are just the filing cabinet,” apparently to justify his assistance in secreting information. If he were paid the wages of a filing cabinet, perhaps he would be entitled to use this excuse.

In contrast, if the common man or woman is convicted of a minor crime, his or her name and picture might appear in the local paper. This type of behavior, steered by influence peddling, seems common in government. How can Lady Justice maintain a balance of the scale with officials and bureaucrats placing their fingers on it?

John Condon, Huntington Station


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