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After touring New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex for the first time since taking office, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced the end of the longstanding practice of putting … Full Article

NYC jails end solitary confinement of teen inmates

After touring New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex for the first time since taking office, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced the end of the longstanding practice of putting 16- and 17-year-old inmates who break jailhouse rules in solitary confinement. … Full Article

Bay Ridge Lawyers Association collects Toys for Tots at holiday party

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association hosted its annual holiday party and judiciary night at the Bay Ridge Manor on Tuesday.  There were more than 100 attendees, including judges, lawyers and Fort Hamilton-stationed U.S. Army members. … Full Article

The Brooklyn ‘Court Street Lawyer’ gains partial acceptance, but still snubbed

A Brooklyn “Court Street lawyer” is not merely an attorney with an office on the long Brooklyn Heights block, which is known as prime office real estate for the borough’s legal community due to its close proximity to all Brooklyn courthouses.  … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association members pack Marriott to honor leading figures in Kings legal community

One of the year’s biggest events, the annual dinner of the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) Foundation featured lawyers, judges and honored guests at the fashionable Brooklyn Marriott Ballroom this past Monday, Dec. 8. … Full Article

Catholic Lawyers Guild gathers in front of courthouse to celebrate Christmas

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kings County met at the nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night in celebration of Christmas. The event then moved indoors to Caffe Buon Gusto for its annual holiday dinner. … Full Article

New location selected for Brooklyn Housing Court

Brooklyn’s Housing Court may be preparing for a transition to a new location. The court is slated to move a few blocks away to Brooklyn’s Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon Street.  … Full Article

Brooklyn Appeals Court sends mentally ill patient back to facility

The Appellate Division, Second Department, has ordered that a Queens psychiatric patient remain involuntarily committed pending a new hearing on release. … Full Article

Split Brooklyn appellate panel cites judge’s erred judgment in Family Court case

A Brooklyn appellate court reversed a family court order, dismissing a mother’s petition to visit her child on the grounds that the mother was denied her right to a hearing. … Full Article

NYPD probe moving swiftly in Eric Garner chokehold case

In a conference room on Manhattan's West Side, police investigators and the white officer accused of putting an unarmed black man in a fatal chokehold sat down for the first time to go frame by frame through the amateur video of an arrest gone wrong. … Full Article

District Attorneys within right not to disclose grand jury information

As grand juries from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, N.Y., concluded that facts were not sufficient to indict police officers in separate incidents of the fatal deaths of two unarmed black men, discourse has focused on Brooklyn and the larger role of grand juries as the Brooklyn Distr … Full Article

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