Brooklyn Surrogate's Court 2005

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Removal

ALBANY: APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS JUDGE'S REMOVAL
New York Times
June 30, 2005
by Michael Cooper
The state's highest court upheld yesterday the removal of Judge Michael H. Feinberg, the Brooklyn surrogate judge, for awarding $8.6 million in legal fees to a longtime friend to handle the legal matters of people who died with no wills. The court said the judge had "debased his office and eroded public confidence" in the judiciary. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended the judge's removal in February, and yesterday the appeals court unanimously upheld it, noting that he had demonstrated "a shocking disregard for the very law that imbued him with judicial authority." An intense campaign for succession is likely.

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