NY Adopts Ban On Judges Hearing Campaign Donor Cases

Law360, New York (June 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT) -- The New York state judiciary on Tuesday formally adopted a new judicial assignment rule that prevents state judges from presiding over cases involving recent contributors to their election campaigns.

Under the new rule, which takes effect July 15, elected judges will not be assigned to cases where an individual attorney, law firm or participating party has contributed $2,500 or more to the judge's election campaign in the past two years or where multiple attorneys, firms and parties have collectively contributed $3,500 or more.

Approximately 1,000 elected...
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