The judiciary would be bringing a “frivolous lawsuit” if it takes political leaders to court to demand a raise for New York’s 1,200 judges, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Friday as legislators again prepared to leave Albany without voting judges a raise.

“The judges should know better,” Spitzer said at a Capitol news conference. “I sympathize with their frustration. I have been, I think, among the strongest proponents of giving the judges the pay raise they deserve. I will continue to push for it. Having said all that, I don’t think litigation will be successful.”

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