The Committee on Judicial Ethics responds to written inquiries from New York state's approximately 3,400 judges, who serve both full- and part-time. The committee's opinions interpret the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct (22NYCRR, Part 100) and the Code of Judicial Conduct. The committee, comprised of 26 current and retired judges and headed by former Justice George D. Marlow, also answers inquiries about proper campaign conduct from candidates for elective judicial office. The New York Law Journal publishes selected recent opinions of the committee.
Under the specific circumstances presented, where a judge (a) concludes that a prosecutor's proposed plea bargain in a case before the judge contradicts the People's prior statement on the record in another pending criminal case where the judge was the alleged victim, and (b) believes that non-disclosure of the apparent contradiction may constitute a fraud on the court and/or Brady/Giglio violations in the other criminal case, the judge must disclose the contradiction to the judge and lawyers in the other criminal case, and must disqualify him/herself from all cases involving the individual at issue.
The Court having reviewed the Notice of Compliance with Conditions submitted by the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and it appearing that Michael F. Greene has complied with all of the conditions for reinstatement following his suspension by this Court
Ruling in litigation over the 2008 bailout of American International Group, a judge cites formerly privileged emails from Davis Polk & Wardwell lawyers to bolster his criticism of the federal government's actions.