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They Don’t Want To Know About Questionable, Problematic Testimony

“Each step of the officers’ story defies credibility… flagrant misconduct… evasive and contradictory testimony… questionable, problematic testimony… tailored to overcome constitutional objection… complete fabrication…… patently inc
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The Police Officer’s Family is the Police Department

Did you have a chance to see this article in the NY Times?  The articles says that the involvement of Police Officer Clarence Habersham in the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina interferes with the racial narrative of white police officers brutalizing black c
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Hey Commissioner Bratton! Read “Equal Justice Under Law” in Wikipedia!

By now many of you have read about the unnamed police officers who changed the Wikipedia entries of a few of the most notorious police killings of unarmed civilians to rewrite history and blame the victims.  It was an unprofessional and stupid thing to do.  What’s alarming, howe
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Mayor de Blasio’s Weak Prescription for Rikers Island Violence Sickness, Part 1: “Huh?”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a big press conference on Rikers Island today to announce new strategies to curb violence in city jails.  Reading his “14 point plan”, two thoughts come immediately to mind, they are 1) “huh?” and 2) “duh.”  T
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Community Policing: Is the Past the future?

The idyll of police officers walking the beat is the stuff of Norman Rockwell paintings and Barney the Dinosaur episodes.  Officers helping a little kid tie his shoe, or helpfully advising a local tough to buckle down on his homework is the stuff of American legend.  But was the commu
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Ferguson Newsflash

The Latest News from Ferguson White liberals tend to recoil from images of rioting like those we’re seeing from Ferguson.  Too messy and violent, out of line with their understanding of civil disobedience.  But the Ferguson rage is a street level, intuitive expression of a legal and p
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“Ignorance of the Law is no Excuse”… Except for Law Enforcement

It’s a well-known maxim and words to live by.  As a citizen, not knowing that you can’t carry around your Dad’s Percocet prescription isn’t a defense. The law is the law, and your ignorance of it comes with great risk.  Caught, and you’re screwed, end of story.  One might think that l
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The Importance of Being an Inside Outsider

A recent alleged scandal has broken involving charges that Judge Barry Kamins, the chief administrator of the New York City Criminal Court and chief of planning and policy for the state courts, was serving as unofficial political consultant to then District Attorney Charles Hynes.  It
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Wrongful Convictions and the Hidden Costs of a Police State

Yesterday the New York City Council held hearings with the six district attorneys from New York City (one for each borough, plus the Special Narcotics Prosecutor).  The hearings related to budgetary considerations and the needs of each office.  Ken Thompson, our new Brooklyn District
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New York’s High Court Gets Real

New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has issued a series of decisions recently that indicate a real understanding of the way the law works on the ground, for the people most directly impacted by it.  Most important to our practice is the Court’s ruling this week
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