Judge wins re-election ballot battle after being barred
This morning, we received the good news that the Manhattan Democratic Party reversed its judicial screening panel’s decision that would have led to trailblazer and celebrated jurist Justice Doris Ling-Cohan losing her chance to be re-elected to office.
In an extraordinary reversal of a decision made by its own screening panel, the Manhattan Democratic Party will nominate Ling-Cohan to be put on the ballot for re-election as a state Supreme Court justice this fall at the party’s Sept. 22 convention, sources said.
The screening panel had found Ling-Cohan not qualified for re-election — setting off a firestorm within the Democratic Party.
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While this news is good, the fight is not over yet. Justice Ling-Cohan still needs the votes of delegates at the nominating convention on September 22, 2016 to be placed on the ballot. While Justice Ling-Cohan and her supporters may be breathing a sigh of relief, her reputation has undoubtedly been harmed by the negative statements in the press. Also, work still needs to be done to get the necessary votes at the nominating convention next week.
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