Dan Janison: Why Reform Efforts Fall Short In New York

Newsday’s Dan Janison discusses why an endless string of criminal cases against New York elected officials spurs reform efforts and why many of them fail. At the top of his list was the effort to change the way judges are nominated, citing a lawsuit challenging the judicial nominating process. In a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the current scheme of nominating conventions was upheld, holding that party conventions have long been a “accepted manner of selecting party candidates.”

In a concurring opinion with that decision, Justice John Paul Stevens quoted the late Justice Thurgood Marshall’s line ” the Constitution does not prohibit legislatures from enacting stupid laws.” No comment.


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