Brooklyn Surrogate's Court 2005

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Judges Line up for Brooklyn Surrogate Post

Crains Insider 2-17-05

JUDGES LINE UP FOR B'KLYN SURROGATE POST

Anticipating the removal of Michael Feinberg as Brooklyn's surrogate judge, several judges are pondering an effort to run for the post, which awards millions of dollars worth of legal work annually.

Civil Court Judge Margarita Lopez Torres is interested, and believes that her independence from the Brooklyn political establishment gives her the inside trackt for endorsements from newspaper editorial boards and political reformers. Supreme Court Judge Theodore Jones, Jr. is being mentioned as well. If he declines, another African-American judge would run. Supreme Court Judges Bruce Balter and Lawrence Knipel also may be candidates.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said Monday that Feinberg should be removed for approving a friend's excessive fees. Feinberg will appeal, but he will likely be suspended soon. Gov George Pataki would then name an interim surrogate, perhaps Supreme Court Judge Ira Harkavy, who is over 70 and thus not eligible to run for the seat.

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