Vacancies Put Pressure On Cuomo To Diversify Top NY Court

Law360, New York (November 20, 2012, 6:55 PM EST) -- The unexpected death of the only African-American judge on New York's highest court adds incentive for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take racial diversity into account as he restocks the seven-member Court of Appeals, sources said Tuesday, especially since the court also is set to lose its lone Hispanic judge.

The death of Judge Theodore Jones Jr. on Nov. 6 came just weeks ahead of the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination's Dec. 1 deadline to give the governor a list of nominees to replace Judge...
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