Monday, December 1, 2008
The New York Times is reporting that the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination has recommended seven potential replacements for outgoing New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, including one with a very clear connection to one of Queens' most ghastly crimes.
Steven Fisher, who is currently associate justice in the second department of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, and who has been a judge since 1983, was the presiding judge in the Wendy's Massacre, which led to the death sentence for mastermind John Taylor. The sentence was later overturned despite the best efforts of Queens DA Richard Brown, and Taylor was re-sentenced to life in prison.
Kaye will be replaced at the end of the year, as she has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.