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The Appellate Division, 2nd Department ruled that comments made about one’s business partner during a contentious litigation cannot be deemed defamatory statements for the purpose of a civil  … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Brooklyn Hospital Center's malpractice trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Bert Bunyan listens as attorney Bruin Hays (standing) of the New York law firm Dopf, PC conducts a direct examination of an expert witness in the medical malpractice trial of Robert Geltzer v. Ibis Yarde, MD, and the Brooklyn Hospital Center. … Full Article

DA Kenneth P. Thompson announces felony murder indictment related to the death of NYPD officer Dennis Guerra

Coney Island
Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson today announced the indictment of Marcell Dockery, 16, for a top count of felony murder for allegedly setting a fire that resulted in the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar honors employee of 44 years during Judiciary Night

Downtown
Judges, lawyers and court employees packed the Brooklyn Bar Association on Thursday night for Judiciary Night, an event which celebrates Brooklyn judges as well as their collaboration with the bar association.  … Full Article

Serial bank robber sentenced to 15 years

United States Federal District Judge Joseph F. Bianco sentenced serial robber Steven Bertuglia to 15 years in prison earlier this week. On Oct. … Full Article

Brooklyn DA Thompson names new forensic science chief

Brooklyn Boro
Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced the appointment of Rachel Singer as head of the DA’s new Forensic Science Unit on Thursday. … Full Article

Brooklyn tops national chart for wrongful convictions

Brooklyn Boro
Tuesday afternoon, a Brooklyn courtroom erupted with shouts of joy. Jonathan Fleming, 51, was announced released from prison after serving 25 years for a murder he did not commit. “Thank you God!” was yelled from the rows of seated spectators. … Full Article

Convicts say crooked Brooklyn detective framed them decades ago

A group of New York City men who say they were framed by a crooked police detective decades ago want prosecutors to speed up an ongoing review of the detective's cases. … Full Article

Brooklyn gives beloved judge a ‘Hollywood’ farewell

Brooklyn Judge Patricia DiMango received a grand farewell as she continued to prepare for her role as  a Hollywood TV judge. … Full Article

Man cleared of 1989 NYC murder in Brooklyn court, released from prison

Brooklyn Boro
A man who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder was freed Tuesday and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation. … Full Article

Sketches of Court: City sued for failure to maintain Coney Island boardwalk

Brooklyn Boro
In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Sylvia Ash listens as plaintiff’s attorney Jason Bernstein (standing), of counsel to the law firm Ferraro & Wyatt, PLLC, makes his opening statement to the jury in the negligence trial of Rukhlya Byal vs. City of New York.  … Full Article

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