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Convicted cop killer, sentenced to death, seeks new trial

After a second jury hands-down death penalty sentence, Ronell Wilson is seeking a new trial, citing prosecutors’ "improper and harmful arguments" at trial.

Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering two New York City Police Department undercover detectives during a firearms transaction in Staten Island — and more recently accused of getting a prison guard pregnant. He was sentenced to death for the murders, the first time in New York that a federal defendant was sentenced to death since 1954.


Williamsburg pharmacy owner indicted in $800,000 Medicaid fraud case

An indictment accuses a Brooklyn pharmacy owner of running an $800,000 Medicaid scheme.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office said Thursday that Aleksandr Ilyayev allegedly billed Medicaid for HIV medications that were not dispensed, or were only partly dispensed.

Authorities also allege that the Williamsburg pharmacist gave patients kickbacks in the form of cash or Metrocards for participating.

Ilyayev denies any wrongdoing. Defense attorney John Kaley says the charges will be proved unfounded and his client should be presumed innocent in the meantime.


11 injured, some seriously, in Bed-Stuy fire

The FDNY says 11 people have been injured, some of them critically, in a Brooklyn residential fire.

The fire was reported around 9:15 a.m. Thursday in a three-story brownstone at 375 Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. According to the Fire Department, four people were critically injured, two seriously injured, and the rest had minor injuries. Twenty-five units with 106 firefighters responded. The fire was declared under control by 10:03 a.m.


Brooklyn judge places LICH property in ‘constructive trust,’ says Othmer Fund must be repaid

In a two-part decision and order on Wednesday, state Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest approved SUNY Downstate’s request to put off reopening Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) Intensive Care Unit and restoring full operation of the Emergency Department and ambulance service until September 3.


Poll results show de Blasio’s lead increases

With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 10 primary, Bill de Blasio’s lead in the Democratic race for mayor is widening, according to the results of the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which showed that the public advocate and former Park Slope councilman has 36 percent of the vote.


SUNY given more time to reopen LICH ER

A Brooklyn judge has extended the deadline for State University of New York-Downstate to return and fully staff Long Island College Hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit.

The attorney for SUNY Downstate, Frank Carone, requested an extension of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest’s Aug. 20 and Aug. 23 orders mandating that SUNY Downstate return all LICH assets, transferred to SUNY Downstate starting in 2011, back to LICH and restore LICH’s function as an active emergency department.


Brooklyn defendant denied habeas petition

A man’s request to be released from prison, on the grounds that his conviction was invalid due to improper jury instructions and an error in the sentencing charge, was denied by Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Roslynn Mauskopf.

Jamel Albritton was accused of fatally shooting Luther Bryant and, with the use of a fake name and false identification, fleeing to California after the crime. Albritton was arrested upon his return to New York five weeks later.


Member of Al-Qaeda affiliate indicted in Brooklyn Federal Court

An indictment was unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn charging a Nigerian citizen with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP”), and using high-powered firearms in furtherance of that crime.  The United States is currently seeking the extradition of the defendant,  Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, also known as “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha,” from Nigeria.


James seeks to move from City Council to public advocate’s office

The public advocate’s office operates on a budget of $2.2 million a year, a paltry sum by city government standards. But Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James said she isn’t daunted by that fact.


Pulitzer-Prize finalist to discuss story of Abraham and Isaac in Park Slope

In celebration of the Jewish New Year, Pulitzer Prize-finalist James Goodman will appear at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope to discuss the story of Abraham and Isaac. The event is part of a special class that will take place right after the second day Rosh Hashanah service at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6th. He will be signing books at Park Slope’s Community Bookstore at 1 p.m. that day. 



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