Courts and Law

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

Family of Brooklyn's ‘Kung Fu Judge’ Phillips wins $750K wrongful death settlement

A troubled Park Slope assisted living facility has agreed to pay $750,000 to the family of a Brooklyn judge who died there seven years ago, isolated from friends and family. … Full Article

Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicted

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted Thursday on three charges after his arrest last month in a federal bribery case. … Full Article
BK Live 2/17/15: Death, Dying & the Law

VIDEO: Eagle legal editor discusses death, dying and the law

Is there a right to die with dignity? To choose the manner and time of your death? A group of terminally ill patients, their medical advisors and a Brooklyn legislator are asking that very question: Do those with a terminal illness have a right to die with dignity? … Full Article

Driver in two car crashes may be criminally liable for responding officer’s death

A Brooklyn appellate court has reinstated charges against a drunk driver and found that criminal liability may apply even when a defendant is not the immediate cause of a deadly accident.  … Full Article

New York state lawsuit claims UPS shipped untaxed cigarettes

The New York state attorney general says in a lawsuit that UPS allegedly shipped 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the state between 2010 and 2014. … Full Article

New York chief judge proposes major grand jury reforms

ALBANY— Major grand jury reforms proposed Tuesday by New York's chief judge include releasing records of closed-door proceedings when nobody is charged and direct judicial oversight when police are i … Full Article

Challenges continue for both defense and prosecution in Gurley case

The Brooklyn case against an NYPD officer is set to move forward, and both the prosecution and defense are preparing legal arguments.  … Full Article

Brooklyn native gets $7.5M payment in man's wrongful imprisonment suit

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Lawmakers in a Hudson Valley county have cleared the way for a $7.5 million settlement with a Brooklyn native who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing a 92-year-old woman. … Full Article


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