Court of Appeals

Push For Gay Judge On New York Bench

Aug 24, 2015

New York’s first openly gay state legislator says it’s time to appoint an LGBT person to the state’s highest court.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Judge Susan Read plans to retire after more than 12 years on New York's highest court, which hears appeals from lower courts and often makes case law for the state.

High courts are in the news this week, as justices hand down major decisions before their summer recess. Three decisions in particular have made headlines nationally and in the region. From contraception to unions to hydro-fracking, each of these rulings has sparked a powerful response from all sides.

Court Orders FERC Response In Capacity Zone Case

May 16, 2014

A U.S. Court of Appeals has responded to a lawsuit filed earlier this week by a Dutchess County utility and the New York State Public Service Commission concerning a new capacity zone.

NY Court Upholds Ethics Commission Subpoena Power

Sep 4, 2013

New York's top court won't hear the appeal from the ex-chief of the State University of New York Research Foundation accused of giving a no-show job to the daughter of a powerful legislator.

The Court of Appeals, rejecting without comment John O'Connor's request, leaves intact a lower court's ruling that state ethics officials can subpoena his testimony.