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Brodsky Drops AG Run to Donate Kidney to Daughter Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Westchester, yesterday abandoned his campaign for attorney general to donate a kidney to his 14-year-old daughter, Julianne Willie Brodsky, who suffers from an auto-immune disorder. Several years ago, Ms. Brodsky, called “Willie,” received a kidney from her mother, but is in need of another organ. The Democratic lawmaker, who was seeking his party’s nod to run for attorney general, said that with the operation likely to take place in the next 30 to 90 days it is not practical to continue pursuing statewide office. “After further discussion with Doctor [Robert] Weiss about the preparation time, hospitalization, and recovery time for both Willie and myself, after beginning medical preparation for the operation, and after talking with friends, family and advisors, it is clear that I cannot continue as a candidate for attorney general,” Mr. Brodsky said in a statement. It is unclear if he will seek re-election to the Assembly seat he has held since 1983, according to his spokeswoman. Mr. Brodsky’s decision to withdraw leaves the Democrats with five potential candidates: former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo; former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green; and attorneys Denise O’Donnell; Sean Patrick Maloney; and Charles King. Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro is the likely Republican nominee. Chauncey G. Parker, the state’s director of criminal justice and commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, has also expressed interest in the GOP nomination but he has not declared his candidacy. Democrats will choose their candidates at a convention later this month, followed by the Republican convention in early June. ? John Caher Dismissal Calendar Is Published The Appellate Division, First Department, has released its most recent dismissal calendar. For details, see Court Notes on page 13 of the print edition of today’s Law Journal. Judge Fines City Official for Contempt Over Homecare Services Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lottie E. Wilkins ( See Profile ) has fined New York City Human Resources Commissioner Verna Eggleston $1,000 a day for failing to restore 24-hour-a-day homecare services to a 55-year-old wheelchair-bound woman. Justice Wilkins found Ms. Eggleston in contempt of her March 7 order requiring such care to the woman, Joann Johnson, as required by an administrative decision dated July 8. Ms. Johnson, a paraplegic as a result of a gunshot wound, suffers from multiple sclerosis and bladder cancer. Justice Wilkins said she was setting the fine at $1,000 a day to cover the cost of Ms. Johnson’s care. The order took effect the day it was entered, Wednesday. As of yesterday, Ms. Johnson did not have her care restored, according to her lawyer, Jane Greengold Stevens of the New York Legal Assistance Group. Ms. Greengold added that, although Justice Wilkins issued the order on April 27, the Supreme Court clerk’s office did not enter it until 13 days later. Barbara Brancaccio, an agency spokeswoman, said she could not discuss clients’ cases. The decision in Matter of Johnson v. Doar ,400417/06, will be published Wednesday. ? Daniel Wise Summary Jury Trial Program Set for Bronx An experimental program with shortened jury trials ? where each side will get only an hour to present a maximum of two witnesses ? will begin in the Bronx on June 12. Participation in the program will be voluntary, but the jury verdicts will be binding. Former Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Gerace, now a judicial hearing officer, will be temporarily assigned to preside over the trials for two weeks. Justice Gerace set up a similar program in Chautauqua County in 1998, and presided over it until his retirement in 2003. The “summary jury trial” program will operate under relaxed rules of evidence and the trials are intended to be completed within a day. Bronx Administrative Judge Barry Salman said the parties will meet with the presiding judge about 10 days before a scheduled trial to determine precisely what documentary records and affidavits would be a part of the record. Attorneys can then refer to those materials, both in their opening and closing statements, without having to go through the formality of introducing them into evidence. Opening and closing statements will be limited to 10 minutes, and the judge will be authorized to impose strict time limits on voir dire and the jury’s deliberations. In addition, the parties may stipulate to set the parameters for any verdict. See Court Notes on page 13 of the print edition of today’s Law Journal for the complete rules of the program. ? Daniel Wise

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