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New York voters overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday a measure giving judges the power to claw back pension benefits from public officials convicted of feloniously misusing the powers of their offices, but reactions from the legal community were mixed as to whether the change will be effective.

The measure, called Proposal 2, passed with 72 percent of more than 3.2 million votes cast, having been placed on the ballot in the wake of a string of corruption scandals involving New York lawmakers that have stoked popular anger.

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Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @messagetime

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