WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2023 – Today the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reject the nomination of Justice Hector LaSalle to the state’s highest court. LaSalle has a disturbingly conservative record, raising questions as to why Gov. Kathy Hochul nominated him and lobbied so persistently for his confirmation.
Jake Faleschini, AFJ Action’s Legal Director for State Courts, issued the following statement:
“The senators did the right thing today in rejecting Hector LaSalle’s nomination to the New York Court of Appeals. His anti-worker, anti-abortion, and anti-criminal justice record proved disqualifying. Even during today’s hearing, LaSalle defended his past ruling allowing jurors to be removed from cases based on their skin color. New Yorkers deserve better than a judge with such a backwards perspective. They deserve a Court that is committed to protecting civil rights and upholding equal justice for all. We urge Gov. Hochul to choose a nominee worthy of such support.”