PointofLaw.com
 Subscribe Subscribe   Find us on Twitter Follow POL on Twitter  
   
 
   

 

 

Powers & Santola's judicial generosity



"Supreme Court Appellate Justice Anthony J. Carpinello's re-election campaign accepted a $10,000 gift in May from an Albany law firm that had recently appeared before him in court to argue a medical malpractice appeal. Three months after the contribution, which was disclosed in his campaign's filings with the State Board of Elections, Carpinello cast a deciding vote in a 3-2 decision on the case, Caruso v. Northeast Emergency Medical Associates. He also wrote the majority opinion that could allow the firm, Powers & Santola, to collect as much as $200,000 in fees. The judge claims he was unaware of the contribution." Powers, a former president of the state trial lawyers' association, denies any impropriety and says "all of the solicitations from his firm were initiated by the judges' political committees -- which often regard the firm and its renowned political generosity as 'low-hanging fruit' for their harvests of campaign cash." (Mark Lagerkvist, "System Is the Crime", Judicial Reports, Oct. 29). Eric Turkewitz also comments.

P.S. And there's a Part Two that examines more broadly "the tangle of rules governing the conflict-ridden financial relationships between lawyers and judges" (via Obbie/LawBeat).

Related Entries:

 

 


Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.