NY To Bar Judges From Hearing Campaign Donor Cases

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 6:21 PM EST) -- New York state is set to adopt one of the strictest conflict-of-interest rules in the country, barring judges from hearing cases involving recent campaign donors.

Under the proposed rule, the approximately 700 judges of the New York State Unified Court System would be barred from presiding over cases where an attorney or party has donated $2,500 to the judge's campaign fund in the previous two years.

A judge could not be assigned to a case if multiple plaintiffs or defendants, or an attorney's law firm, donated...
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