The Commission issued a Report dated March 30, 2012, on its investigation of three complaints containing four allegations against Presiding Justice Luis A. Gonzalez of the Appellate Division, First Department.  Judge Gonzalez waived confidentiality under Section 45 of the Judiciary Law, permitting release of the Report and the complaints that led to it.

Three of the allegations against Judge Gonzalez were not established and were dismissed.  The fourth allegation was also dismissed, but with (A) detailed comments concerning hiring practices at the Appellate Division First Department, both before and during Judge Gonzalez’s tenure and (B) specific recommendations to make hiring practices at all four Appellate Divisions more uniform, transparent and free from even the appearance of nepotism and favoritism.

Link to the Report.