4/20/2007, 2:07 a.m. ET
By TOM HAYS The Associated Press for the Staten Island Advance
NEW YORK (AP) — The relationship between the judge and the lawyer was cozy enough to be a crime, according to prosecutors.
The Garson case arose from a broader investigation into allegations that civil judgeships were being bought and sold for up to $50,000.
Investigators arrested the lawyer, who agreed that day to wear a wire while having lunch with the judge. Jurors heard an audiotape of Garson sharing strategy with Siminovsky over matzo ball soup, prosecutors said.
Nora Renzulli's Letter to the Editor of the Staten Island Advance -
Sunday, April 29, 2007
In your April 20 article "Brooklyn judge guilty of receiving bribes," the prosecutor declared that Judge Gerald Garson [who handled divorce cases] "was no better than the health inspector who turns the other way for 20 bucks when the rats have infested the restaurant."
The defense attorney, on the other hand, admitted his client "had probably violated ethical rules, but that his client had never agreed to give out courtroom benefits for the largess he received," as reported in The New York Times.
The defense's strategy and resort to a custom and practice of the trade appeared to say the only real rule broken was by the cooperating witness. That rule was never rat out a judge. A pitiful defense.
Now, finally, shall we take the focus from our revulsion and fascination with the rats and turn it to the price of justice, the welfare of the mother and children, and learn from the press where this legal rodents' nest has left them and what the courts have done, if anything, to heal and restore them?
NORA RENZULLI TOMPKINSVILLE