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April 10, 2015

Judge: Failure to Probe Silver-Connected Court Would be “Judicial Malpractice”

Justice Peter Moulton, Manhattan’s new chief civil judge, said it would be “judicial malpractice” if he failed to investigate the court that may have facilitated the fast-tracking of asbestos cases brought by the Sheldon Silver-linked law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.

Former state Assembly Speaker Silver was “of counsel” at Weitz & Luxenberg, in which capacity he is alleged to have collected $5.3 million—including $3.9 million in “referral fees”—by plaintiff shopping from a Columbia University researcher, to whom Silver in return directed $500,000 in taxpayer grants.

“You can be assured that I’ll be looking under the hood scrupulously,” Justice Moulton said, promising transparency in future asbestos cases.

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