Courts and Law

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

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

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