Judge Mojgan Lancman serves on the bench in Supreme Court, Civil Term and as president of the Brandeis Association. // Photo courtesy of Brandeis Association

Understanding Is Imperative To Judge Lancman

Litigants might not always like the outcome, but one thing is for certain in Justice Mojgan Lancman’s courtroom: everyone will understand what is happening and why a decision was made.

That’s because Lancman, a Supreme Court, Civil Term justice, champions the importance of understanding in the courtroom. It was her own experience settling in Queens after escaping religious persecution in her native Iran that informed that perspective.

“Having had the experience of being an immigrant and walking into a situation I knew nothing about where everything was different, [enables me] to have the patience to explain things to people,” Lancman said. “If [litigants] don’t have an attorney or English is their second language, I want to make sure they understand what is happening. Even if they get a result they didn’t want or they have to come back to court, they at least understand why.”

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A 1942 photo shows Heinrich Himmler, center left, shaking hands with new guard recruits at the Trawniki concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, the same camp where Jackson Heights resident Jakiw Palij trained and served as a guard. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and AP

Nazi Camp Guard Deported From Jackson Heights

The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his Jackson Heights home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, following years of efforts to remove him from the United States.

The deportation of the 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past.

“Justice demands that every person be held accountable for their actions,” the Brandeis Association said in a statement to the Queens Daily Eagle. “The heinous crimes of the Nazi regime are not washed away by the passage of time. The Brandeis Association commends the commitment of the U.S.  Department of Justice to the rule of law. We must never relent in pursuing justice for victims of the Holocaust.”

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