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Op-ed column: State judges suing for raises is shameful with ordinary people hurting

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I’m having a hard time working up any sympathy for Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, her cohorts on New York state’s highest court, or other judges in New York state who are whining because they haven’t had a raise in 10 years. The lowest paid full-time city court judge in New York state still makes $108,000 per year, while Judge Judy makes $156,000. According to an Associated Press article in The Daily Gazette on April ...

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April 6, 2008
8:02 a.m.

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Look at it another way. Why should judges be about the only group that hasn't received a raise in the last 10 years? Even the minimum wage and Social Security benefits have risen!! Mr. Weaver, is it a fair comparison to lump judges with the "average taxpayer?" Judges must have an arduous and expensive education and years of experience in order to do their job. The average Joe does not. You seem to want to reduce justice to the lowest common denomintor. If you are ever before a court, do you really want the judge to be a clone of the average Route 30 Povery Corridor resident?