Faculty Notes

Prof. James Sample Quoted on Queens GOP’s Closed Judicial Convention in The City

James Sample , Professor of Law

Queens Republican Convention Shuts Out Public on Judge Picks
By Christine Chung
The City
Aug. 13, 2019

Queens Republicans aren’t being very democratic.

Dozens of delegates for the Queens GOP’s judicial convention will gather in Glendale Wednesday to nominate candidates for six state Supreme Court vacancies — but the party is defying convention by banning the public and the press. …

James Sample, a judicial elections expert and professor at Hofstra Law School, called the judicial convention process a “system that has all of the appearances and trappings of democracy but none of the substance of democracy.”

“The idea that one would trust a process that is intentionally shrouded in secrecy and intentionally hidden from the public is laughable,” Sample said.

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