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Three legal groups have rated the three candidates for two 14-year seats on the State Supreme Court in Western New York.

The Erie County Bar Association rated City Judge Eugene M. Fahey as qualified, Erie County District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon as well qualified and State Supreme Court Justice Glenn R. Morton of Batavia Morton as outstanding.

The Minority Bar Association gave Fahey its top rating of "A-superior." It rated both Dillon and Morton "well-qualified," it's second highest rating.

The Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association gave Dillon its highest overall rating of "outstanding." Both Fahey and Morton received "highly qualified" rating, the Women Bar Association's second highest rating.

Dillon has both Democratic and Republican endorsements for one of the two seats on the bench. For the second seat, Fahey, who has Democratic and Liberal Party backing, is opposing Morton, who has Republican and Conservative endorsements.

Morton became a state judge June 7 when Gov. Pataki appointed the Genesee County judge and surrogate to fill an unexpired term.

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