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Brennan Center response to Supreme Court decision to hear NY judicial selection case

February 1, 2007

For Immediate Release

Tim Bradley, BerlinRosen Public Affairs (646) 452–5637
James Sample, Counsel, Brennan Center, (212) 992–8648

Brennan Center Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear New York Judicial Selection Case

New York – Today the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Courts’ decision to review Lopez Torres v. New York State Board of Elections. The Brennan Center, together with co-counsel Arnold & Porter LLP and Jenner & Block LLP, represents the plaintiffs in the litigation. The statement may be attributed to Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center, and lead counsel in the case.

“Two federal courts, including a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have said that New York’s corrupt conventions violate the First Amendment.  New York’s Constitution is clear in its requirement that voters – not unelected political party bosses – select nominees for the Supreme Court bench. We look forward to the Supreme Court hearing on this case, and hope that the Court will uphold the lower court rulings and end forever New York’s sham party boss system.