This year should be the last that political parties in New York can use the state’s arcane convention system to nominate candidates for Supreme Court, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The unanimous ruling in L�pez Torres v. New York State Board of Elections, 06-0635, written by Judge Chester J. Straub, upheld on all counts Eastern District Judge John Gleeson’s January ruling that the system violates the First Amendment rights of voters and candidates alike.

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