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Blog Posts in 2014

  • The Huffington Post recently published an article written by Attorney Steven Brill that discusses the role of the grand jury in the headline-making Ferguson and Staten Island cases. In both cases, the actions of white police officers resulted in the deaths of unarmed black men. The grand jury decisions to not indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have resulted in ...
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  • Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't Kill All the Lawyers.

    || 23-Jul-2014

    How many times have we heard a lawyer called a name like "ambulance chaser," "shark," and "shyster?" Usually, this derogatory, name-calling is triggered by cases in which an attorney represents a person who has been injured by another's negligence or misconduct, or represents a defendant who is charged with a serious crime. Ironically, where you hear these ...
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  • Here Come Laws Against Cyber Bullying!

    || 6-Jun-2014

    Some may be interested to know that laws against Cyber Bullying are coming. If a new law out of Albany County, New York, is any indication, then the writing is on the wall that this controversial trend is a high priority for government and is about to be addressed. The Albany County law that was enacted recently makes is misdemeanor to relay "private, personal, false, or sexual ...
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  • When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

    || 8-May-2014

    The relationship between art and real life has been the source of great debate. Recently, questions surrounding the relationship between art and life have entered the courtroom – more specifically the courtroom hosting a federal criminal trial involving charges related to drugs and violence - where the debate is no longer abstract and the stakes are high. At an increasing rate, federal ...
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  • Revenge Porn: The State of the Law in New York

    || 5-May-2014

    At the moment there is no specific statute criminalizing what is commonly known as "revenge porn" in New York. As it is generally understood, revenge porn refers to the unauthorized publication or dissemination of nude or otherwise sexually compromising photographs or video. There are existing statutes that would possibly address some types of behavior—specifically, where the ...
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  • New York's City Council is about to vote on a new bill that will ban private business from asking potential job applicants if they have ever been convicted of a crime – until after the job offer has been made. The Bill, which is known as the "Fair Chance Act," would permit private employers to rescind a job offer if they discovered a prior conviction. To many of our clients ...
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  • A person accused by the United States of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But he faces a foe of powerful might and vast resources, intent on seeing him behind bars. That individual has the right to choose the advocate he believes will most ably defend his liberty at trial. The words above come from a recent Supreme Court decision and eloquently ...
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  • In the Eastern District of New York, over the last year, judges appear to setting a stricter standard for police when considering whether or not to suppress evidence obtained in a warrantless search. In five different decisions handed down since April 24, 2013, judges have granted defendants' motions to suppress firearms obtained either through searches incident to unlawful stops or arrests ...
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  • Federal Sentencing for Drug Crime is about to get smarter; or at least that is what some people think. In what could be a significant change in the Federal Sentencing laws for drug crimes, Senator Richard Durbin sponsored a bill – "The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" or SSA - that was introduced to the Senate in August of 2013. There is no word on if and when the bill will become ...
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  • Oscar Pistorius and the Criminal Justice System

    || 14-Mar-2014

    What exactly happened on the night of when Oscar Pistorius' finance was found dead in her bathroom and Mr. Pistorius was found with a loaded pistol in his possession. The South African prosecutor claims that as a result of a domestic dispute, Mr. Pistorius shot her with the intention to kill. Mr. Pistorius denies these allegations and claims that he thought an intruder had entered his home so ...
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  • When one hears the words "revenge porn," the images conjured up are not pleasant ones. The term revenge porn stems from the idea that a way to get back at – or take revenge – on an ex may be to publically send out nude or sexually compromising images of the ex by means of the web. Given the ease at which one can take a picture, edit it, and disseminate it, makes this a type ...
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  • The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death. Presently however, New York State has no crime on its books that specifically addresses this issue. Should an overzealous District Attorney seek to explore any potential crimes, the charges ...
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  • Maximilian Schell and How Art Imitates Life

    || 2-Feb-2014

    The news that Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell died yesterday got me thinking. Schell made his mark in Hollywood – and won an Oscar – for his role as a criminal defense attorney in the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg." In the move, Schell played the role of Hans Rolfe, who was given the job of defending four Nazi Judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death. ...
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  • Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President’s policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act. On Thursday, the Office of the Attorney General issued a request to defense lawyers to find and reach out to federal prisoners incarcerated on drug charges and encourage them to ...
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  • The federal government wields tremendous power when it comes to civil or criminal asset forfeiture laws. Specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 981, permits the government to seize "any property, real or personal, involved in a transaction or attempted transaction in violation" of any of a long list of offenses, most significantly money laundering. Section 881 allows the government to seize ...
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