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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

Excerpt:
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.

Read the full article on the City website.

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