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  • Our Clients Deserve More Opportunities Post-Conviction

    || 21-Mar-2016

    The criminal law can be unforgiving. If you happen to find yourself convicted of a New York State of Federal crime – whether misdemeanor or felony – the conviction plants itself on your record forever – literally. In effect punished a second time by wearing that conviction like a scarlet letter only to rear its head license applications, property owner and job background checks. ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • In the latest round of the battle against Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD and their stop and frisk policy, a federal judge granted class-action status to several thousand New York citizens who claim that they were illegally stopped and/or frisked. This decision comes on the heels of a report by the NYCLU who has found that the number of stops and/or frisks by the NYPD has drastically increased on a ...
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  • The NYPD will End Stops and Frisks of Livery Cab Passengers

    || 17-May-2012

    The City of New York has recently agreed to train its police officers to end the policy of stopping and frisking livery cab passengers. The civil suit was started by two men who were detained after their livery cab was stopped as a result of the Taxi and Livery Inspection Program (TRIP). Once they were detained, they were frisked. What made the stop and frisk more improper was that the livery cab ...
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  • The NYPD will End Stops and Frisks of Livery Cab Passengers

    || 17-May-2012

    The City of New York has recently agreed to train its police officers to end the policy of stopping and frisking livery cab passengers. The civil suit was started by two men who were detained after their livery cab was stopped as a result of the Taxi and Livery Inspection Program (TRIP). Once they were detained, they were frisked. What made the stop and frisk more improper was that the livery cab ...
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  • The NYPD arrested sixteen suspects Tuesday on charges of setting up fake auto accidents in Brooklyn, netting $400,000 in insurance payouts, authorities said. Several of the incidents involved U-Haul trucks rented by people with squeaky-clean licenses, said the NYPD’s Fraudulent Accident Investigation Squad. The suspects are all from Brooklyn and range in age from 20 to 46 and are being ...
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  • February 24, 2012: U.S. Seeks 23-Year Term for Drug Lord

    || 24-Feb-2012

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have asked a judge to impose a 23-year prison sentence on Christopher M. Coke. A man, who has been described as one of the most powerful and brutal drug lords in Jamaica and whose arrest in 2010 came after a month-long manhunt that left more than 70 people dead. Mr. Coke, 42, pleaded guilty in August to charges including racketeering conspiracy and is scheduled to ...
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  • Federal prosecutors have charged Ronald Herron with three brutal murders including one that the wannabe rapper boasted about on his twitter account. A Brooklyn Federal court grand jury indicted Herron on Monday for the murders which authorities say are connected to his drug enterprise in the Gowanus Houses. Herron, who was a known gang leader, could face the death penalty if convicted. One of the ...
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  • US Attorney's Office Targets On-Line Poker Sites

    || 16-Apr-2011

    In an aggressive and bold move, the US Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York have indicted executives of 3 on-line poker sites. The charges are money laundering and bribery which stem from the the allegation that the gambling proceeds were funneled away from the poker sites and into purported on-line shopping sites. Attorneys for the defendants question whether poker sites are ...
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  • SDNY US Attorneys Office Makes Bronx Drug Bust

    || 15-Apr-2011

    The US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York arrested 16 people today for taking part in a drug conspiracy in the Bronx. If you or someone you know needs a federal criminal defense attorney in New York, call Sullivan & Brill at 646.741.3856 any time.
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