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Courts and Law

Pro Bono Barrister: Kings Inn of Court barristers explore stop & frisk

While the NYPD and the legal profession may be in a quandary over Mayor de Blasio’s “Stop & Frisk” modifications, many in the Kings court community–especially the Nathan Sobel Inns of Court Chapter, led by President Justice Ellen Spodek -- have been probing its potential for drama … Full Article

Issue of wrongful convictions played out on a Brooklyn stage

Brooklyn Heights
Four men who spent a combined 63 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit talked about the consternation they experienced when they realized that they might be surrounded by hardened criminals for decades, the tribulations of denied appeals, and the ultimate relief of being vindicated and … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: High-low agreement for plaintiff injured en route to cemetery

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Leon Ruchelsman listens as attorney Edwin Ossa (standing), of the law firm Crisci Weiser & McCarthy, conducts a cross examination in the motor vehicle accident trial of Syvette Archey v. Kings & Queens Auto Livery, et al.  … Full Article

Judge’s misreading of jury note leads to new trial for jailed defendant

Brooklyn Boro
A Queens judge’s incorrect handling of a jury communication led the Brooklyn appellate court to order a new trial for an imprisoned defendant. … Full Article

Brooklyn legal community presents notable ‘Ruthie’ awards

Downtown
The Kings County Supreme Court Gender Fairness Committee and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association joined together once again, on Thursday, to acknowledge the accomplishments and achievements of distinguished female members of the Brooklyn legal community. … Full Article

Six arrested in newspaper and mail delivery fraud case

New York City
A Brooklyn grand jury has unsealed a criminal complaint against six individuals charged with conspiring to defraud the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers’ Union (“NMDU”) and Hudson News. … Full Article

Brooklyn woman at center of HIV photo allowed to continue suit

Brooklyn Boro
A Brooklyn woman who discovered a public service announcement ambiguously identifying her as HIV positive may proceed in her civil rights lawsuit against the licensing photo agency. … Full Article

Man wanted for murder added to the FBI’s most wanted list

The FBI’s New York Field Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Juan Elias Garcia. Garcia, also known as “Cruzito,” is wanted for his alleged participation in the murder of 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta and her 2-year-old son in Central Islip, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 2010.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia returns to Brooklyn

Fort Greene
Brooklyn once again welcomed United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a distinguished jurist of America’s highest court, Friday evening. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: After fall, construction employee seeks damages

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Arthur M. Schack (left, seated) listens as defendant’s attorney Mathew Ross of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (right, standing) answers questions off the record regarding a late disclosure surveillance video. … Full Article

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