Courts and Law

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

D.A. Kenneth Thompson discusses wrongful convictions at Criminal Bar meeting

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association (KCCBA) hosted Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson at its monthly meeting in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday. The district attorney brought members of his Conviction Review Unit to discuss wrongful convictions in Brooklyn. … Full Article

Medical company indicted on charges of fraud, criminal violations of Food and Drug Act

The federal government, last week, unsealed a 37-count indictment charging Med Prep Consulting Inc. with wire fraud and violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  … Full Article

Driver who struck expectant Brooklyn parents is convicted in deaths

A speeding driver who crashed into a hired car taking expectant parents to a New York City hospital has been convicted in the deaths of the couple and their baby, who was delivered alive after the wreck but didn't survive. … Full Article

Brooklyn judge blocks heir’s attempt to avoid N.Y. tax on $6M estate

A Brooklyn Surrogate judge rejected a petition of an heir who sought to disclaim her infant daughter’s interest in a deceased grandparent’s estate for the purpose of avoiding a large estate tax liability.   … Full Article

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