Courts and Law

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

Eric Garner's family plans to sue NYC for $75 million over NYPD chokehold death

The family of a man who died after being placed in a police chokehold has filed a notice of claim to sue New York City, the Police Department and six individual police officers for $75 million. … Full Article
Kings County Criminal Court Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Brooklyn Criminal Court celebrates its first Hispanic Month event

As national Hispanic month continues, Brooklyn celebrated a milestone as the borough’s criminal court participated in its first Hispanic Month event on Friday. … Full Article

Lucy DiSalvo Honored as Court Employee of the Year

The New York State Supreme Court of Kings County honored Lucinda “Lucy” DiSalvo as its Employee of the Year in a packed courthouse filled with esteemed judges and lawyers in the Supreme Court building on Adams Street on Thursday afternoon. … Full Article

Family Court's Teen Day aims to help kids in foster care

Judges, lawyers, court employees and a group of kids in foster care packed the eighth floor of the Kings County Family Court on Wednesday for Teen Day, a day designed to help kids in foster care transition from care to life on their own. … Full Article

Noted jurist Barry Kamins to retire, puts an end to illustrious judicial career

Longtime judge, legal scholar and established Brooklyn attorney Barry Kamins has announced that he will retire from the bench effective Dec. 1. The announcement comes as a surprise to many in the Brooklyn legal community. … Full Article

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