Courts and Law

Midterm elections maintain Brooklyn Supreme Court status quo

Three judges were re-elected to the bench, and another is set to take the bench in January in the 2014 midterm election cycle. … Full Article

Brooklyn federal judge dismisses some charges against state senator

A Brooklyn federal judge has dismissed some charges against indicted New York state Sen. John Sampson. Judge Dora Irizarry found that a number of the charges against Sampson were untimely and passed the statute of limitations. … Full Article

Man arrested for sexually abusing girls at Brooklyn military base

Federal agents have arrested a Queens man on charges of coercing and enticing three minors to engage in sexual activity and sexually abusing minors. The defendant, Fausto Bonifaz, was arraigned before Brooklyn federal Magistrate Judge Robert Levy last week.  … Full Article

Gowanus community prepares to fight proposed parole site

A group of concerned Brooklynites have filed suit against New York state to halt the construction of a proposed location for a large parole facility in the Gowanus neighborhood. … Full Article

New York State Bar Association still fighting for clarity on pro-bono rules

At a meeting of House Delegates this past weekend, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) passed a resolution to push for anonymity in the pro bono reporting requirements.  … Full Article

Brooklyn workers headed to trial in Atlantic Yards case

A federal judge has issued a decision denying building developer Forest City Ratner and now defunct organization Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development (BUILD) summary judgment on a case involving claims of unpaid wages and false promises of employment.  … Full Article

U.S. Attorneys available for Election Day complaints

The United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York have set up special telephone numbers to receive complaints of possible violations of federal election laws relating to the upcoming general elections in New York City and other counties in their districts. … Full Article

No good deed goes unskewered at upcoming Brooklyn Law School Roast

In slightly more than two years in his post, Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard has certainly made his mark at that venerable institution of higher learning on Joralemon Street. … Full Article

Hot Coffee Redux: Court Street McDonald’s sued for too-hot coffee

A panel of Brooklyn judges has unanimously ruled that facts exist to allow a trial against a Brooklyn McDonald’s for serving too-hot coffee that allegedly burned a customer. … Full Article

Avonte Oquendo lawyer to represent family in choking death

The lawyer for the family of an autistic teenager who died after disappearing from his New York City school will also work with the family of an autistic student who died after choking. … Full Article

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