Last October a messenger from Mrs. Lambert's office -- who doubles as another disinherited Brody heir -- delivered some papers to opposing counsel in the case, Seth Rubenstein of Brooklyn. While there, the young messenger spotted something disconcerting: on the wall of Mr. Rubenstein's waiting room, measuring some six square feet was a "Renee Roth for Surrogate" poster, dating from her 1982 campaign for the post.
"The poster is obviously intended to and does create the impression that there is a relationship between Judge Roth and Mr. Rubenstein," he asserted in court papers. "The appearance of impropriety is so great that the Judge should disqualify herself in this hotly contested matter."
Mr. Rubenstein countered that the poster was "hardly huge," and that it represented merely one item in a collection of Surrogate's Courtabilia reflecting his own multi-generational ties to the place. -NY Times, July 17, 1992