Courts and Law

Senate panel approves Brooklyn's Loretta Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON— The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate. The vote was 12 to 8, with three Republicans joining all committee Democrats in voting in favor of Lynch. … Full Article

Feds: 3 Brooklyn men accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal a … Full Article

Plaques dedicated to fallen detectives at the 84th Precinct

The 84th Precinct and its Community Council dedicated two plaques in the memory of slain Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos — who died last December in the line of duty — during a ceremony at the precinct in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday. … Full Article

Construction worker dies in accident at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

A construction worker at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was crushed to death when several steel beams fell on him. … Full Article

Brooklyn judge balances security concerns, press freedom in al-Qaeda terrorism trial

A Brooklyn federal judge told courtroom sketch artists to omit the agents’ faces in trial drawings so that Foreign Secret Service agents can maintain their undercover identities in an open courtroom.  … Full Article

Court nixes Occupy marchers' suit over mass arrest on bridge

Police didn't mislead more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters into getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, a federal appeals court decided in ordering the demonstrators' lawsuit dismissed. … Full Article

Press allowed to sketch MI-5 agents

A Brooklyn federal judge has partially denied a petition by federal prosecutors to preclude members of the press from sketching particular witnesses during an ongoing terrorism trial.  … Full Article

Lawyer integral in LICH case opens new firm

A familiar face in Brooklyn courtrooms who was a member of a prestigious Manhattan law firm has stepped out on his own to start a private boutique law practice focusing on complex litigation. … Full Article

Comptroller Stringer calls for more interpreters, language help in Housing Courts

Fighting your landlord in court is bad enough. It’s even worse if you can’t understand a word of what’s going on, says New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. … Full Article

A look at 3 civil rights claims settled in New York City

Three civil rights cases settled by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer without a lawsuit ever being filed. DAVID RANTA … Full Article

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