Justice Rivera-Soto

Justice Rivera-Soto’s New Clothes

A wonderful child’s tale

“The Emperor’s New Clothesis a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over a hundred languages.”

You can’t resign, you’re fired

…And the beat goes on. Justice Rivera-Soto announced his plans to resign from the New Jersey Supreme Court effective at the end of his term in August, 2011.  The New Jersey State Senate is not mollified. The N.J. Law Journal reports in a news alert today:

The state Senate on Monday is scheduled to vote on a nonbinding resolution expressing that body’s sense that he should resign–if the Assembly does not impeach him. The resolution, SR-100, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Nia Gill, Raymond Lesniak and Nicholas Scutari, says Rivera-Soto’s actions–namely, his vow to abstain from rulings due to his constitutional objection to the Court’s current composition–‘are prejudicial to the administration of justice and constitute a serious violation of the public trust’ and ‘may constitute grounds for impeachment for misdemeanor committed during his continuance in office.'”

N.J. car accident lawyer

Ssssh....I'm thinking

Commentary

I’m going to rely on a quotation from one of my favorite literary characters, the Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland. Alice asked the Cat for directions, and remarked she did not want to go among mad people. Mr. Cat replied:

Oh, you can’t help that. we’re all mad here…”

[Larry’s update: The State Senate President  withdrew Resolution, S-R 100 on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. More to follow, I’m sure]

[Larry’s second update: The NJ Law Journal reports on Thursday, January 13, 2011, Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto has modified his pledge to abstain from voting on opinions in protest of Judge Edwin Stern’s assignment to the state Supreme Court, saying he’ll abstain only when and if Stern’s vote makes a difference.”]

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About Lawrence "Larry" Berezin

I retired from the private practice of law after a 35-year legal career and fight parking tickets for people like you and me. I love sharing valuable information, tips and tricks to help drivers beat NYC parking tickets.

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