Aren't judges supposed to consider cases solely on their legal merit?
This should be about Summer's lawyer successfully convincing the judge that she is entitled to redress under the law. Judges' ethics should be such that they are not by influenced by petitions.
More on this case can be found here: http://brooklynian.com/forum/park-slope/help-me-fight-my-park-slope-landlord-from-hell#post-752884
PS. If I was only able to hear Summer's side of what happened, I would conclude that her rights have been violated. Hopefully the judge will decide what should be done only after hearing Summer's side of the story, the landlord's side, and with a complete understanding of the redress available under the law.