Date:Judge who backed Melius (3/2/14) The Insiders (10/5/14) Fees topped $350G (10/12/14) Judge rescinds payment (11/12/14) Judges face probe (11/14/14) Payment Pipeline (11/23/14) Dem Lawyer Reaps Fees (12/23/14) Oversight reforms failed (12/31/14)
The series focused on the little-known - but very lucrative - system of court fiduciary appointments. Reporters found that judges had violated state court rules meant to promote transparency and limit cronyism in making appointments and fee awards to a network of politically-connected insiders. Major findings included hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper fee awards, widespread violations of rules by judges across Long Island and questionable expense reports that vendors said had been inflated. Most important, it all had been hidden from the public until Newsday's reporters brought it to light.