LexPress: Divorce Tort
By Jesse SunenblickPosted:08-13-07
The Appellate Division chides a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice's handling of a 2005 divorce. And, on the verge of becoming the longest-tenured chief prosecutor in the borough's history, Queens DA Richard "The Judge" Brown opens up to The Daily News, among other news.
NO FAULT, NO CLUE
The Appellate Division, First Department has chastised Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann and reversed her ruling in an uncontested 2005 divorce, when she awarded “everything,” according to The New York Post, to the former president of the Village Reform Democratic Club in Manhattan. Susan Gass has said she didn’t even know she was being sued for divorce (her husband, Thomas, claims he served her papers). In its decision, the Appellate Division said Silbermann "abused her discretion" when she ignored Gass's repeated attempts to fight the divorce, which gave child custody and the house to her husband. Silbermann is Administrative Judge of the Manhattan Civil Term and, statewide, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters.