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Minimum Wage Suit – Fair Pay for Honest Work

The Legal Rationale for Our Community Service Minimum Wage Suit So our minimum wage suit for the innocent forced to perform community service has gotten some play on Fox news, with rather predictable results (“greedy employment lawyers taking advantage, etc etc”). http://f
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Chain Gangs for the Innocent

On Saturday, The Daily News covered our lawsuit being filed today, on behalf of people essentially coerced into working for the City for free as a condition of an “ACD”, or Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal.  We’re very excited about this suit, as it is on be
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SPEEDING UP THE SYSTEM

The New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, has just issued a long overdue opinion on 30.30, statutory speedy trial rights.  The decision dramatically curtails the prosecutions ability to continue dragging cases out- a process that New York criminal defense lawyers
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Youthful Pride v. Police Authority

Malik Richards is a young man who perhaps exhibits too much youthful pride, but finished school, works, and is tired of being disrespected by police.  Getting to his job on the L train in Canarsie, he had been stopped and asked for id. on two occasions in the prior few weeks.  These w
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The First Department Gets it Right This Time

ACDs ARE NOT A BAR TO FALSE ARREST CLAIMS In a welcome turnabout, the First Department, the Manhattan appellate court, ruled last week that accepting an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (“ACD”) is not a bar to bringing a false arrest civil rights claim.  They had previously h
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A 1.3 Million Dollar Verdict for our Client

This past Monday we received a 1.3 million dollar verdict for our client, “C.B.”, who spent nearly three years in an upstate prison for wrongful conviction for a crime did not commit.  The verdict was substantially more than we had dared to hope to get for our client, sinc
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Macho Boys: Chivalry Rikers Island Style

Blye Mastersen is a smart-ass 18 year old man/boy.  He got locked up on Rikers Island for small time marijuana sales charges and was awaiting trial.  One day he was being transported on the bus from court in Brooklyn back to the Island.  He complained to an officer that his cuffs were
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Teachers Thrown Under the Bus- How New York City is Destroying its Greatest Assets

Our poor New York City teachers- they get hit from every angle.  Tough students, tougher parents, unsupportive administrations, a hostile press, factionalism within factionalism in their schools… I have represented many a teacher in my career, both in investigations by “SC
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Media Convictions of the Innocent

When a person sues police officers for violating his or her civil rights, the officer is represented by New York City’s Corporation Counsel.  So we were quite interested to read what an attorney for the office had to say about police misconduct plaintiffs and lawyers. Published in the
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Penile Plethysmography and How Did It Get This Far?

In a remarkable show of sanity and spine, the federal court of appeals that covers New York (the Second Circuit) has rejected the legality of “penile plethysmography”, a little bit of pseudo science that could only have been concocted in a Weimar Berlin basement dungeon. 
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