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About two months ago, we welcomed Family Court Judge Sue Kushner to discuss her job and to chat about the role of family court. Well, we talked for nearly a half hour and only scratched the surface and we asked her to return and she is back with us this morning.

Family Court is best defined as a “people’s court.” It affects people’s lives on a day-to-day basis, not just the litigants - but has a ripple effect on children, family members and others and unlike other courts, family court deals with the past, present and the future.

Albany County Family Court Judge Sue Kushner joins us this morning to help us understand what Family Court is and does – and of course what it isn’t and what it doesn’t do.

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  Family Court is best defined as a “people’s court.” It affects people’s lives on a day to day basis, not just the litigants - but has a ripple effect on children, family members and others and unlike other courts, family court deals with the past, present and the future

Albany County Family Court Judge Sue Kushner joins us this morning to help us understand what Family Court is and does – and of course what it isn’t and what it doesn’t do.

    When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic, the police arrest a rival gang member. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so he can seek a death sentence.

This is the plot of The Hanging Judge: A Novel – it is based on the experience of the author, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts – Michael Ponsor.

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A proposal on the November ballot to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support, and one court expert says that’s a shame.