Courts and Law

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds comparative fault in delivery scooter-SUV accident

In this courtroom sketch Hon. Bernard Graham listens as plaintiff's attorney Jeffrey Kestenbaum (standing) addresses the jury in the motor vehicle accident summary jury trial Martinez v. Schenker.  … Full Article

Court Clerk Lori Juarbe-Casiano named Court Employee of the Year

Court employees packed the lobby and were watching from the third-floor balcony of the Supreme Court, Civil Term, on Tuesday as Senior Court Clerk Lori Juarbe-Casiano was named the 2018 Court Clerk of the Year during a ceremony in the courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. … Full Article

DA’s office hosts Black History Month bash at St. Francis College

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez filled the auditorium at St. Francis College on Tuesday for a Black History Month celebration that featured Ted Shaw, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund. … Full Article

Judge Weinstein: Defendant knew deportation risks when he pled

Brooklyn federal court judge Hon. Jack Weinstein issued an opinion on Tuesday that denied the application of a criminal defendant who claimed that bad advice from his attorney led to his deportation and asked to have his conviction vacated. … Full Article

Local gallery owner donates artwork for Black History Month ceremony

Tekin “Tony” Akbay whispered when he talked about what Downtown Brooklyn was like when he opened his shop there in 1994 as if speaking about how bad it was would somehow make it worse again.
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Landlord charged with evicting tenants using dead notary signature

A Bedford-Stuyvesant landlord was busted on multiple forgery counts for trying to evict his tenants using a dead notary’s signature on public documents, the district attorney announced Monday. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School professor appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court

A Brooklyn Law School professor was appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court by the country's Judicial Appointments Committee, the school announced last week. … Full Article

Kids take center stage during civil court’s Black History Month celebration

Most Black History Month events that take place in the courts throughout Brooklyn include distinguished speakers, veterans and history lessons, but Friday’s event in the Kings County Civil Court featured kids as a way to show that black excellence isn’t just about what has happened in the past, b … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Pro se litigant has his day in court​​

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Mark Partnow presides as a pro se plaintiff addresses the jury in the civil court trial Jonathan Ramos vs. City of New York. Ramos (standing) brought the eponymous lawsuit over an incident in which he alleges police brutality and excessive force. … Full Article

Brooklyn Family Court transformed into concert hall for Black History Month celebration

For one afternoon only, Brooklyn’s Family Court was transformed into a concert hall for a celebration of Black History Month that included judges and court employees leading an audience through a medley of songs by black artists as part of its annual celebration on Thursday. … Full Article


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