In your article “Will Commission Tailor Its Chief Judge Search to Senate’s Democratic Majority,” you describe acting Chief Judge Anthony Cannataro as “part of a former so-called conservative bloc of four judges on the Court of Appeals” and quote Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre saying, “I can’t imagine the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate would approve [Cannataro's nomination]” and lauding Associate Judge Rowan Wilson as “vigorous and supportive of the rights of the accused as you are ever going to get on the high court,” whose nomination “would just fly by the Judiciary Committee and full Senate.”

This is grossly unfair to Cannataro, under whose leadership since becoming acting chief judge on Sept. 1, 2022, criminal defendants-appellants have rarely, if ever, found a more receptive court for their pleas.

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