Courts and Law

Welcome Justice Kamins back to the bench

The good news is that, once again, Justice Barry Kamins is back on the bench; he was assigned this past week to Supreme Court in Queens. … Full Article

Attorney Spinelli does civic ‘pro bono’ work as Kiwanis Club leader

Historically, lawyers have been getting “bad press” since the profession began. Even Shakespeare has been misinterpreted to tarnish our image; for example, one of his characters proclaims, “First, we kill all the lawyers.” … Full Article

U.S. Rules Gov. Shutdown no Excuse to Forgo Prison Sentence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has overturned the decision of a Brooklyn federal judge who sentenced a defendant to probation in lieu of imprisonment on account of the 2013 government shut down that limited the resources of the federal court system.  … Full Article

Brooklyn D.A.’s drug policy follows tide of the country

Brooklyn’s new district attorney announced a policy on Tuesday to decline prosecution in low-level marijuana possession cases. This decision by D.A. Ken Thompson appears to follow the liberal and progressive tide of the country in general and New York state in particular. … Full Article

VIDEO: Eagle legal editor discusses Harris v Quinn

Our legal editor Charisma Miller appeared on BK Live, an online cable broadcast roundtable show from Brooklyn Independent Media, on July 7 to discuss the local legal ramifications of Harris v Quinn. Check out the full video: … Full Article

Flirtatious juror leads to conviction reversal

Improper inquiry of a juror suspected of flirting with women connected to two defendants in a robbery trial compelled the Brooklyn Appellate Division to reverse the defendant’s conviction. … Full Article

Parole reinstated for Brooklyn man convicted in cop killing

A Brooklyn defendant breathes a sigh of relief as the New York State Court of Appeals has reinstated a previously rescinded parole. … Full Article

Brooklyn judge moves Barclays contract dispute forward

A contract case between general and subcontractors is allowed by move forward in Brooklyn’s Commercial Division, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest ruled. … Full Article

Employees at Brooklyn demolition site faced potentially fatal falls

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has learned that workers demolishing a three-unit, three-story residential building in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section were exposed to potentially fatal falls due to their employer’s failure to provide and ensure the u … Full Article

Brooklyn court removes family order of protection

Brooklyn’s Appellate Division reversed an order of protection issued by a Queens Family Court judge on the grounds that the defendant was not afforded his right to an attorney.  … Full Article

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