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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Honorable Eugene Fahey has been named by the Governor to the Court of Appeals. Good pick-- Judge Fahey, who used to have a locker next to mine at the Y, is an intelligent cat who thinks seriously about the way that law operates.

The Court of Appeals, which is New York's highest court, was created in 1846, and over the years there have been several methods used to select its judges. Originally four were elected and four were selected from sitting Supreme Court justices. In 1870 the state constitution was amended and judges the court went to an elected judiciary, and in 1974 that rule was changed to the present system-- a bench of judges appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate. I could be wrong about this, but I think this appointment marks the first time since then that there will be two judges from Western New York on the court together.

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