Judge Laura Jacobson
Judge Laura Jacobson (NY Daily News)

The article, “Judge in Legal Row With Brooklyn Democrats Kicked Off Party Ticket” (NYLJ, Sept. 23), does not mention several salient points relevant to the complaint against the Brooklyn party filed by Justice Laura Jacobson, who is the judge referred to in the article’s headline.

The gist of Jacobson’s complaint in Jacobson v. Kings County Democratic County Committee, 16-cv-4809 is that powerful interests within the Brooklyn Democratic Party manipulated the party’s screening process to disqualify her for renomination for a second term. Under party rules, no candidate can be nominated for a judgeship unless they have secured a qualified rating from the party’s 25-member screening panel.

As the Sept. 23 online article reports, Jacobson’s complaint raises two instances in which politically connected lawyers allegedly used their influence with the screening panel to retaliate against her for issuing rulings against their clients.

With regard to one of those instances, the article identifies the attorney whom Jacobson ruled against as Frank Carone, a partner at Abrams Fensterman. The article does not mention that Frank Carone is the law chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

Your readers might be interested to know that Frank Seddio, now the chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and Carone were law partners for three years before they both joined Abrams Fensterman as partners in November 2011, according to the Brooklyn party’s spokesman George Artz.

At the time they joined Abrams Fensterman, Seddio was the district leader from the powerful Thomas Jefferson Club in the Canarsie area. When Seddio was elected county leader 10 months later, he resigned from Abrams Fensterstock.

Dan Wise
The author writes about legal issues for his blog WiseLawNY

The article, “Judge in Legal Row With Brooklyn Democrats Kicked Off Party Ticket” (NYLJ, Sept. 23), does not mention several salient points relevant to the complaint against the Brooklyn party filed by Justice Laura Jacobson , who is the judge referred to in the article’s headline.

The gist of Jacobson’s complaint in Jacobson v. Kings County Democratic County Committee, 16-cv-4809 is that powerful interests within the Brooklyn Democratic Party manipulated the party’s screening process to disqualify her for renomination for a second term. Under party rules, no candidate can be nominated for a judgeship unless they have secured a qualified rating from the party’s 25-member screening panel.

As the Sept. 23 online article reports, Jacobson’s complaint raises two instances in which politically connected lawyers allegedly used their influence with the screening panel to retaliate against her for issuing rulings against their clients.

With regard to one of those instances, the article identifies the attorney whom Jacobson ruled against as Frank Carone, a partner at Abrams Fensterman . The article does not mention that Frank Carone is the law chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

Your readers might be interested to know that Frank Seddio, now the chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and Carone were law partners for three years before they both joined Abrams Fensterman as partners in November 2011, according to the Brooklyn party’s spokesman George Artz.

At the time they joined Abrams Fensterman , Seddio was the district leader from the powerful Thomas Jefferson Club in the Canarsie area. When Seddio was elected county leader 10 months later, he resigned from Abrams Fensterstock.

Dan Wise
The author writes about legal issues for his blog WiseLawNY