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New nomination, more opposition for latest chief judge candidate in New York

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Women’s group NOW NYC has expressed opposition to the nomination of Judge Rowan Wilson as the chief judge for New York state’s highest court, citing concerns over a recent decision he authored.


In the case People v. Regan, a lower court had convicted the defendant of rape. However, due to multiple delays involving the police and prosecution, the Court of Appeals ruled that the guilty verdict should be overturned. NOW NYC believes this decision denies justice to the rape survivor and is deeply troubling.


Sonia Ossorio, NOW NY’s executive director, voiced her dismay at the ruling in an interview with Capital Tonight, stating that it “shocks the conscience.” Ossorio plans to attend Wilson’s nomination hearing in Albany on Monday to voice her concerns.

In a letter addressed to state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, Ossorio expressed her outrage as an advocate for sexual assault survivors, highlighting that Judge Rowan not only voted to deny justice to the rape survivor, but also penned the opinion in question.