Raoul Felder Gets Censure for "Schmucks"
Wow. I'm not sure how widely this has been disseminated (.pdf) yet, but the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct just issued a statement of no confidence in its chairman, Raoul Felder -- also known as, among other things, Rudy Giuliani's divorce lawyer.
The statement -- unanimous, minus Felder -- was triggered by Felder's new book, called "Schmucks".
From the statement:
The Commission’s loss of confidence in Mr. Felder’s judgment is
rooted in a book he recently co-authored.3 Much of the material in this book, and
the work as a whole, undermine the appearance of impartiality, and the dignity and
probity that is required of the Commission and its Chair. Although the book
purports to be a work of humor, much of it is crude, biased, vulgar and otherwise
demeaning. For example, we note the following.
• The book repeatedly invokes racial, ethnic and religious
invective. Such statements are inconsistent with the
Commission’s role in enforcing the judicial obligations to refrain
from words or conduct that manifest bias based on race, religion
or national origin, and to require court employees and lawyers to
refrain from such conduct.4
• The book asserts that “anytime you hear the word ‘allegedly,’
you can bet it’s true.”5 Such a viewpoint is untenable from a
Commission member whose role is to evaluate allegations of
judicial misconduct and identify those that have merit.
• The book claims that “nothing in our country is more insidious
than affirmative action.”6 Such a sentiment raises a reasonable
perception that the speaker could not pass fair judgment on
anyone he perceived to have benefited from affirmative action.
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