Thomas Mayo


judge, criminal law, Llewellyn, statistics


When Chief Judge Charles D. Breitel retires from the New York Court of Appeals in December 1978, he will leave a legacy of judicial work that spans two and one-half decades, the last eleven years of which will have been a product of his years on New York's highest court. The process of sifting through not only the Chief Judge's many opinions but also his extrajudicial comments has no doubt begun in earnest in a number of quarters. This Article represents an initial attempt to evaluate Chief Judge Breitel's craftmanship as an appellate decisionmaker.

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