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December 14, 2007

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Bernadette Bayne was appointed to the NYC Criminal Court 20 years ago. When she came up for re-appointment in 1994, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani declined to re-appoint her because, among other things, she had once handcuffed a lawyer to his chair. In 1999 she ran for Civil Court and was rated "not approved" by the Brooklyn and NYC Bar Assns. She was elected. In 2003, she ran for Supreme Court and was rated "unqualified" by the same two bar assns. She was elected. Now, she has been rebuked by an appellate court reviewing a $14 million jury verdict for giving candy to the infant plaintiff in front of the jury, giving gifts to each individual juror during the trial, and for treating the defendants' lawyer unfairly. Welcome to Kings County.

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