Statement from Administrative Law Judge Karen Best
“The symbolism of Lady Justice and her balanced scales represents impartiality and the obligation to weigh the evidence presented to the court. As a former public defender with the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, for years I worked in Yonkers City Court. As an attorney, I advocated for my client’s rights, which required constant contact with various officers of the Yonkers Police Department. Unexpectedly, it resulted in a mutual level of respect and understanding. Even though we stood on different sides of the law, ultimately, we all wanted justice to be served.
“In addition to my legal experience as a public defender, my perspective as a Black woman allows me to understand this generation’s civil rights movement for Black people, and women. My understanding and respect for the officers of the Yonkers Police Department allows me to understand their perspective and balance it with others while appropriately applying the law. Thus, through me, there will be fairness and impartiality in Yonkers City Court.
“I will be Lady Justice.”