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Republican Gov. Pataki apparently goes to greater lengths than recent predecessors to make sure his midlevel appellate court appointments reflect his views.

Previous Govs. Hugh Carey and Mario M. Cuomo appointed seven of 24 Republicans now judging Appellate Division cases. Of the 20 judges Pataki has picked, 18 are Republican.

"The unique thing is the fact that he has appointed people from outside the judicial district," Brooklyn Law School professor William Hellerstein told the Albany Times Union in Sunday's editions.

Supporters in the legal community have lauded Pataki's choices. Critics say the selections have brought the courts more in line with Pataki's beliefs.

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