Courts and Law

After the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Missouri, that white police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, the community, pol … Full Article

Brooklyn Appellate Court announces award recipients for commitment to excellence

The Appellate Division, Second Department, has announced the recipients of the 2014 Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence award. The eight individuals will be recognized at an awards dinner on Nov. 19. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School hosts film festival with Tony Gilroy

At the first meeting this semester of the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society (BESLS), Jose Landivar brought up the idea of doing a film festival. … Full Article

Manhattan follows Brooklyn’s lead, stops prosecution of minor marijuana cases

Fewer people will be prosecuted for marijuana offenses in New York City due to a new policing policy announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this week. … Full Article

Amon graces Brooklyn courthouse with Southern charm and intellectual rigor

A resident of Brooklyn’s federal court system for close to three decades, Chief Judge Carol Amon has set deep legal roots in Brooklyn Heights.  With a soft Virginian accent, Amon can command jurisprudence as well the history of the Eastern District court, which is set to celebrate its 150th anniv … Full Article

Brooklyn judge orders partner buyout

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest has ruled that two partners in a popular Long Island eatery must pay, within 90 days, $1.2 million to a third partner as the forced buyout price of one-third share of the company.  … Full Article

Brooklyn experience prepares Loretta Lynch for Attorney General role

President Barack Obama has announced Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch for his pick for the next U.S.  attorney general. If confirmed, Lynch will be the first African-American woman to hold this position, following the tenure of current U.S. … Full Article

Delays lessened significantly in Brooklyn courts

Editor’s Note: While columnist Charles Otey is enjoying a tour of Eastern Europe, Justice Lawrence Knipel, Kings County administrative justice for civil matters, has graciously agreed to use “Pro Bono Barrister” this week to report briefly on matters of  great interest to the judiciary and  … Full Article

History Repeats: Thompson takes second stab at police brutality

The Brooklyn district attorney announced his decision to bring criminal charges against two New York City police officers accused of beating an unarmed teenager with a service weapon. … Full Article

Obama chooses Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON— In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation's top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. … Full Article

Brooklyn subway shooter sentenced to 18 years

A Crown Heights man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison following his conviction on second-degree attempted murder and other charges for shooting an unarmed man, who was a complete stranger, in the face on a 3 train, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has learned. … Full Article


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