On Friday, March 1, 2024, the New Pittsburgh Courier reported that New York Judge Lisa Sokoloff, who is overseeing talk show host Wendy Williams’ guardianship case, had previously been under investigation herself.

The article notes that in January 2024, news station WABC detailed a six-month probe into Manhattan Family Court Judge Sokoloff over campaign donations she had received from attorneys, law firms, and other parties involved in guardianship cases. Investigators found that between 2019 and 2022, Sokoloff received $5,720 in donations to her Supreme Court campaign fund. During this same time period, she awarded 62 guardianship appointments, raising concerns about a potential link between donations and her rulings.

While Wendy Williams’ current guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, did not donate to Sokoloff’s campaign, the judge did grant several other appointments to Morrissey in 2022. Sokoloff also removed power of attorney from Williams’ son, Kevin Hunter Jr., who claims he always got his mother’s permission before accessing her money. Hunter Jr. further alleges that Morrissey threatened to have him arrested and did not disclose what facility Williams was receiving treatment.

The article details how Sokoloff has been overseeing the complex legal issues surrounding Williams’ estate since Wells Fargo froze her financial accounts in 2022. She approved the airing of Williams’ documentary about her condition over the objections of Morrissey, who had filed a lawsuit to block it. Williams was only recently diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and aphasia in 2023, according to her family.

The report raises questions about Judge Sokoloff’s impartiality given her previous acceptance of donations from parties that later received rulings in their favor.



Source: New Pittsburgh Courier