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Re: Unethical Attorney / Departmental Disciplinary Committee

Posted by court watcher on April 07, 2001 at 18:00:02:

In Reply to: Unethical Attorney / Departmental Disciplinary Committee posted by court watcher on April 06, 2001 at 19:11:21:

Thanks for the initial comments. But...
Is not the Departmental Disciplinary Committee an arm of the NY State Court system (the complaint was filed at "Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department")? If so, then why wouldn't the FOI laws be applicable? Especially if the person submitting the FOI request is the complainant?
I've searched and found some cases per Judiciary Law 487 - thanks.
Any further info is still appreciated.

: After 10 years of improper behavior on the part of the attorney who represents my landlord (NYC, Multiple Dwelling / Loft with no residential C of O), over one year ago I filed a "complaint" with the Departmental Disciplinary Committee against the attorney / firm (escrow account / fiduciary problems, untruthful affidavits, etc.).
: The Committee accepted my "complaint", received an "answer" from the attorney and asked for my response to the "answer" -- which I submitted over 9 months ago.
: I was told at that time that the committee was going to proceed with the inquiry into the atorney's behavior, but would be unable to give me any up-dates as the case proceeded. From what I can glean the Committee is fairly secret and closed door about these type of proceedings.
: Questions:
: 1) Will the Committee notify me (as complainant) of the outcome of the inquiry / complaint?
: 2) Is a FOIL request necessary to follow-up on this complaint?
: 3) If the Committee determines that discipline is required, does such a decision become a public record?
: 4) is the Disciplianry Committee on the up and up (just and ethical), or is it merely another political entity controlled by those with the most money?
: Thanks for responses.

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