Many claimed the New York Supreme Court was playing partisan politics when it granted Gov. David Paterson the right to elect his lieutenant governor. However, several ex-judges have defended the decision, saying that the parties under which they were appointed did not reflect their choices in court. Professor William Hellerstein, who has argued many cases at Supreme Court added, "The fact that Judge Read was with the majority I think supports my own feeling that this is not a political decision."Read
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