Courts and Law

Officials react to conviction in stairwell shooting case

Officials and activists in New York are reacting to the manslaughter conviction of Officer Peter Liang, who shot an unarmed man in a darkened public housing stairwell. … Full Article

NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting

A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury Favors Defendant in Coney Island Assault and Battery Trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Bernard Graham listens as the plaintiff’s attorney John Nonnenmacher (standing), of the law firm Bader Yakaitis & Nonnenmacher, questions a witness in the assault and battery trial Velasquez v. City of New York.  … Full Article

Brooklyn courts go back in time for tea with Sojourner Truth

For its latest Black History Month event, the Kings County Supreme Court traveled back in time to have tea with abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth in a discussion called “Ain’t I a Woman?” in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds Jasmine Limo fully responsible in car accident trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Karen Rothenberg listens as attorney Douglas Hoffer (standing), of the law firm Dansker & Aspromonte, conducts a cross-examination of a co-defendant during the bifurcated motor vehicle accident trial Grefstad et al v. Jasmine Limo, Inc. … Full Article

Charges upgraded in airplane gun trafficking case

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton on Wednesday announced the filing of a 657-count superseding indictment charging three defendants who allegedly trafficked guns — including flying them to New York from Georgia on commercial flights — with aggrava … Full Article

Catholic Lawyers honor Lucy DiSalvo during Shrove Tuesday event

The Catholic Lawyers Guild Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights followed by a feast at the Brooklyn Bar Association honoring the group’s Executive Director Lucinda DiSalvo. … Full Article

Akai Gurley stairwell shooting was reckless, prosecutor says

Prosecutors say a rookie NYPD officer's shooting of an unarmed man in a public housing stairwell was the result of recklessness — and wasn't an accident. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Ambulette driver, service found liable in accident that injured home health aides

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Richard Velasquez listens as attorney James Whalen (standing), of the law firm Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, cross-examines Joseph Sierra, a witness for the plaintiff, in the motor vehicle accident trial Levasseur et al v. … Full Article

Too high? Brooklyn Judge mulling Pierhouse penthouse arguments

The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) and the preservationist group Save The View Now (STVN) were in state Supreme Court again on T … Full Article

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