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Upstate Prisons, Upstate Courts, Upstate Juries

The upstate New York prison industry has long maintained a stranglehold on criminal justice affairs for downstate NY.   The upstate economy needs prisoners, and downstate has people to imprison.  The prison industry in our state is a big reason for our overly harsh drug laws.  It̵
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This Should be a Fun One…

Pleased to say that Chris Davis, who heads up our Employment Practice here, has sued a wealthy and powerful Chilean family on behalf of a nanny who alleges that they engaged in human trafficking, bringing her to the US under false pretenses, taking her passport, and denying her access
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A Win for the Innocent

I’m pleased to tell our friends that we have just won a verdict for our client Charles Bunge, an innocent man who was falsely convicted of committing a drive-by robbery that was actually committed by another individual. After Mr. Bunge’s served about two years in prison, h
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A Slippery Slope…

So we lawyer folk have a phrase for rulings that can be extended into unintended or absurd consequences- “a slippery slope”.  And not that they’re in the same jurisdiction, but it was a quick jump from a ruling permitting the police Tasering of an emotionally disturb
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Shooting Victim Arrested, Rikers Medical “Professionals” Botch the Treatment

Consider this an NYPD and DOC malfeasance twofer.  A tag team of incompetence and disrespect. Emmanuel Durand is a good kid, smart, personable, together.  He’s never been in trouble with the law.  One evening he’s hanging out with friends in his old neighborhood in Brookly
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Double Standards in the Courtrooms

Usually, the motion to inspect and dismiss the indictment is a mere formality- A judge reviews the Grand Jury presentation before the defense attorney has even seen the minutes (the attorney almost never sees the instructions to the jury), and approves the presentation, finding there
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Political Corruption and Judicial Corruption

As you may have read, State Senator John Sampson of Brooklyn was Indicted on charges that he stole money from the very people for whom he had a fiduciary responsibility.  It’s tempting to conclude that this was the work of one allegedly corrupt politician with a larcenous heart.
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STOP AND FRISK- UPPER EAST SIDE EDITION

In a pretty shameless politicizing of the death of a young man in Manhattan, the mayor recently said, “When police stop and ask a 17-year-old a question based on reasonable suspicion of a crime, there is outrage…” No, Mr. Mayor.  It is not when stops are made on reas
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Constitution Free Zone — the Vertical Sweep

A huge number of false arrests occur when the police do “vertical sweeps” of NYCHA buildings.  Teams of police officers enter the buildings as teams, go to the top, then “sweep” the hallways and stairwells for, well, people.  NYPD, apparently, believes that if
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Why Even Have a Jury?!

The First Department has struck with case extraordinarily hostile to civil rights claims.  It is apparently OK, according to the Manhattan appellate court, to Taser an emotionally disturbed person who is already strapped to a chair, involuntarily, by law enforcement and medical person
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