A split panel of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, has upheld embattled Supreme Court Justice Marylin Diamond’s decision to award Jacoby & Meyers owner Gail Koff 65 percent of the marital assets in her contentious divorce.

The court offered its explicit support of the judge, who has been at the center of an ethical controversy regarding the case. Diamond’s 2000 re-election campaign received a $777 contribution from Koff’s attorney, Bernard Clair. Clair had also hired the judge’s former legal clerk, Jad Greifer, while arguing the case.

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