Courts and Law

Legal Aid files motion to exonerate Brooklyn man who has spent 14 years in prison

The Legal Aid Society filed a motion Tuesday to vacate the conviction of James Davis in the Kings County Supreme Court based on newly discovered evidence it believes exonerates him. … Full Article

Judges meet with the community and answer questions at an East Flatbush town hall

Judges matter in your lives. For the average voter, picking a judge can often be the hardest decision on the ballot as there is often a lack of information available about candidates as compared to races for executives and legislators. … Full Article

Report: City’s Criminal Justice Reform Act has been a success

The Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP), which is funded by the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, issued a report this week that shows that the NYC Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA), which was passed by City Council back in June 2017, has caused a decline in the number of summonses and war … Full Article

Economic impact felt in DA's 'weed whack' of past convictions

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Friday that he will vacate all past marijuana misdemeanor convictions in the borough, which could potentially help up to 20,000 people who have been convicted in Brooklyn since 1990. … Full Article

Eric Gonzalez's plan could wipe out 20,000 pot convictions

Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn's top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses no longer being prosecuted in parts of the nation's biggest city. … Full Article

Legal Aid Society starts GoFundMe campaign to help immigrant families pay filing fees

The Legal Aid Society announced yesterday that it has created a GoFundMe campaign to help immigrant families afford certain filing fees on immigration applications that average about $750 per person. … Full Article

Brooklyn Women's Bar Association will honor Justice Quinones during membership party

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association is inviting all new attorneys, even non-members, to its annual membership party at Borough Hall on Monday, Sept. 17. … Full Article

Past president Mark Longo presents ethics CLE at Columbian Lawyers Association meeting

The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn held its first monthly meeting under new president Joseph Rosato at the Rex Manor in Dyker Heights on Tuesday where the guest speaker was past president Mark A. Longo. … Full Article

Brooklyn DA gives away backpacks at West Indian Day Parade Junior Carnival

It's not out of the ordinary to see Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez at the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, but this year he and members of his office also attended the parade's Junior Carnival that was held on Saturday, where they handed out 165 book bags. … Full Article

Brooklyn attorney and former Legal Aid head joins Barket Epstein

The boutique criminal defense firm formerly known as Barket Epstein & Kearon, LLP, which has an office in the Empire State Building and Garden City, has added two new partners including Brooklynite and former head of the Legal Aid Society Seymour W. James, Jr. … Full Article

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