Mayor Eric Adams’ continued efforts to roll back the state’s bail reform law has sparked a war of words between Governor Kathy Hochul and New York judges over who is to blame for the bail system. state revolving door justice.
In a highly unusual move on Friday, a spokesperson for New York’s Office of Courts Administration responded Thursday to Hochul’s proposal to have judges paid by the state to be trained in the controversial law.
“Judges have received extensive training on the bail reform legislation, including all of its amendments,” spokesman Lucian Chalfen said.
A city judge called Hochul “dishonest,” telling the Post that crimes that once qualified for bail are no longer “because her former boss passed these changes that she supported.
“We’re the only branch of government that doesn’t speak openly in the press, so we’re the easiest scapegoats,” the outraged jurist said.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares called Hochul’s offer to train judges “offensive” and accused her of suggesting that “some of the best and brightest working in the office are not astute enough to understand what can sometimes be incomprehensible legal texts that we have”. to live with.”
The head of the State District Attorneys Association said, “The risks posed to the public ssecurity by this law will remain” until Hochul and the state legislature give judges the opportunity to consider the danger posed by the release of defendants when weighing bail.
“Denying judges the ability to make bail decisions using the very discretion they are expected to exercise in all other duties of their job has also resulted in the release of too many defendants returning to the communities and victims they tormented,” said the organization’s leader, Washington County DA Anthony Jordan.
GOP gubernatorial candidate and Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin also weighed in.
“Instead of giving judges in New York the ability to do their job, to weigh dangerousness, flight risk and, yes, the ability to post bail, Kathy Hochul is spitting in the face of our justice system in an effort to to appease his far left base,” he told the Post in a statement.
“Hochul’s complacency toward pro-criminal supporters translates into handcuffs being slapped on our judges and law enforcement, rather than cracking down on criminals.”
But Hochul spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays hit back in a statement: “The idea that judges’ hands are tied is simply not supported by facts or data.
”Judges have and daily use their broad discretion under the law. This is clear from data released by the courts themselves, which shows judges outside New York releasing people at lower rates for the same types of crimes.
“That was true before the 2019 law changes and it’s true now, and in fact Governor Hochul worked with the legislature earlier this year to further expand the types of cases where judges have power. discretion to set bail or remove persons.”