Courts and Law

The Kings County Family Court hosted its second annual Black History Month celebration at its courthouse on Thursday with a powerfully energetic program of special guests and a musical perfor … Full Article

Brooklyn man convicted of murder for shooting 15-year-old in Flatlands schoolyard

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 20-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the 2011 shooting of a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy in the schoolyard of P.S. … Full Article

NYPD officer pleads not guilty in fatal Akai Gurley shooting

A rookie police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to manslaughter, official misconduct and other charges in the accidental shooting death of a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex.
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Testimony continues in Brooklyn vehicular homicide case

In the trial for a driver charged with manslaughter in a Brooklyn crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband, the cab driver carrying the couple testified that the killer’s car appeared without much notice. … Full Article

NYPD officer in Gurley shooting indicted

The police officer who fatally shot unarmed Brooklyn man Akai Gurley has been indicted, NY1 reports.  NY1's Dean Meminger adds that law enforcement sources provided him with the information.   … Full Article

Brooklyn court gives OK to amputate leg of mentally ill patient

A Brooklyn appeals court has ruled against a mentally ill patient’s petition to refuse medical treatment, and the patient, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, was deemed incapable of making her own decisions regarding her medical care. … Full Article

Kings Inn troupe to stage blizzard-delayed ‘Movie Night’ on March 4

A Look at What Lawyers Can Learn from ‘My Cousin Vinny,’ ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ and ‘The Verdict’ … Full Article

Brooklyn Federal Court no longer the busiest

A report by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts shows that while Brooklyn may not have the busiest court in the district, its federal judges have a heavier caseload compared to other federal judges within the district and dispose of cases at a faster rate.  … Full Article

Brooklyn’s newest judge honored during Borough Hall ceremony

In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Lara J. Genovesi was sworn in as the newest justice of the New York State Supreme Court during a ceremony at Borough Hall that was attended by many local politicians, judges and lawyers Thursday night.   … Full Article

Death with dignity suit on par with Brooklyn pol’s legislative agenda

A group of terminally ill patients and their doctors filed suit against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and five county district attorneys over a law they argue is unclear as to one’s choice to die with dignity and a physician’s ability to provide assistance without fear of crim … Full Article

Brooklyn court split on question of whether t-shirts worn in court unfairly impacted jury

A Brooklyn appeals court was split in its decision on whether or not t-shirts worn with the victim’s image improperly influenced a jury sufficient to warrant the reversal of a conviction.  A majority of the justices agreed that such gestures can have the ability to unduly influence a jury,  … Full Article

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