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Two for Federal Bench Pass Senate Committee Scrutiny The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to send to the Senate floor for confirmation votes the names of two candidates for the federal bench in New York. Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Sandra L. Townes and Kenneth M. Karas, the co-chief of the organized crime and terrorism unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, were unanimously approved by the committee. President George W. Bush nominated Justice Townes for a seat in the Eastern District last July and Mr. Karas for the Southern District in September. � Daniel Wise Mark Green Eyes Attorney General Post Mark Green, New York City’s former public advocate and failed candidate for mayor in 2001, said yesterday he would not seek the Democratic nomination for mayor again in 2005. Instead, Mr. Green said he would look to run for state attorney general in 2006 should Democratic incumbent Eliot Spitzer run for governor, as is widely expected. If Mr. Green seeks the attorney general nomination, he could face a crowded field. Among those already raising money and lining up potential support for the nomination are state Assemblymen Richard Brodsky of Westchester County, Michael Gianaris of Queens and Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx. � The Associated Press Stewart Jurors Focuses on Perjury Charge Against Broker Jurors at the Martha Stewart trial indicated yesterday they were focusing on a charge of perjury against her former stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic. In a note to Southern District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, they asked about the standards of evidence required to convict on the count. The judge told jurors before deliberations that perjury requires special rules: Jurors must rely on testimony from two witnesses, or one witness whose testimony is supported by a document. In a note yesterday, the jurors asked the judge whether it was enough to have the testimony of one witness plus a document created by the same witness. “I think the short answer is yes,” the judge said. The perjury count accuses Mr. Bacanovic of lying in sworn testimony to the SEC about Ms. Stewart’s sale of ImClone Systems Inc. stock. � The Associated Press Family of Man Slain in Raid Files Suit The family of the unarmed African immigrant shot and killed by New York City police during a CD counterfeiting raid filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the city and the police officer who shot him. The lawsuit filed in the Southern District on behalf of Ousmane Zongo’s wife and children, who live in Burkina Faso, alleges that Officer Bryan Conroy violated Mr. Zongo’s civil rights May 22 by fatally shooting him after a chase through the hallways of a Manhattan storage facility. It does not specify damages, but lawyers for the estate said in a previous filing that they would ask for $150 million. � The Associated Press Westchester Bar Group, Shelter Receive Grant The U.S. Justice Department has awarded a $350,000 two-year grant to Northern Westchester Shelter for a collaborative project with Victims Assistance Services and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. The new Survivors Law Project will provide civil legal services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking. It will also offer no-cost CLE programs to lawyers in the county with the expectation that each attorney take a pro bono case. O’Connor Honored with Literary Award U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been named the recipient of the the Bruce K. Gould Award for her book “The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice.” The annual literary award, given by Touro College Law Center, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Huntington, L.I., school.

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