Courts and Law

EXCLUSIVE: Wrongfully convicted defendant David McCallum wants ‘fair opportunity’

After one full day of freedom, David McCallum looks forward to more than just settling in to life on the outside. On Wednesday, Oct. … Full Article

Police Lt. faces jail in NYPD ticket-fixing case

NEW YORK (AP) — A police lieutenant was convicted Wednesday of leaking information about a ticket-fixing investigation that embarrassed the New York Police Department. … Full Article

Noted Brooklyn College Grad, Lawyer Passes Away

Frank P. Grad, a pioneering public and environmental law scholar who was called upon by New York City mayors and members of Congress for his expertise in legislation on issues ranging from air pollution to the Human Genome Project, died Oct. 14. He was 90. … Full Article

More wrongfully convicted Brooklyn defendants released after decades in prison

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced the release of yet another wrongly convicted defendant on Wednesday — a statement that is becoming all too familiar. … Full Article

Brooklyn DA: Man accused of impersonating police

Authorities say an ex-convict who appears to be a rabbi is accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer. NBC New York says Avroham Gross, formerly known as Latin Kings member Roberto Eddy Santos, faces dozens of charges. … Full Article

Brooklyn DA Thompson: Nix convictions in '85 killing

They were 16 when they confessed to kidnapping and killing a stranger and taking a joyride in his car. They quickly recanted but were convicted of murder. … Full Article

U.S. panel to hear appeal on NY stop and frisk case

The city's police unions are arguing they should be able to continue to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights. … Full Article

Many hoping Justice Barry Kamins will return to law practice on Court Street

Justice Barry Kamins, one of the most respected jurists in the state, will be retiring on Dec. 1. Many in the Kings legal community — including this writer — are hoping that he will return to private practice, right here on Court Street. … Full Article

Brooklyn’s judiciary and law communities gather for annual diocesan Red Mass

As the new judicial season began, both for the United States Supreme Court and the local courts here in New York State and Brooklyn, the legal community gathered on Wednesday at St. James Cathedral-Basilica for the annual tradition of The Red Mass. … Full Article
BK Live 10/7/4: Legal Matters- Mandatory Sentencing

VIDEO: Brooklyn Eagle legal editor discusses mandatory minimum sentences

Mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes has become a major hot-button issue in the local community, which was noticed by the folks at BK Live. … Full Article


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