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    • Miranda Warnings are Alive and Well - for now - in a New York Appellate Court

      Since the landmark decision of Miranda v. Arizona was handed down in 1966, courts have been chipping away at the breadth of protections that criminal suspects receive. For example, in the 1971 case of ...

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    • Federal District Judge Grants Petition for Habeas Corpus

      In an unusual federal criminal decision, a federal judge from the Eastern District of New York granted a defendant’s Habeas Corpus petition on the grounds that the state court trial judge acted ...

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    • The New York Court of Appeals Rules that Viewing Child Pornography in Certain Circumstances is not a Crime

      The New York Court of Appeals drew a distinction between incidental viewing of child pornography and the active possession or procurement of the images. In the case of People of the State of New York ...

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    • Brooklyn Teacher's Aide Charged with Producing Child Porn

      A Brooklyn elementary school teacher’s aide was out on bail after being arrested in January, on charges of possessing child pornography. The teacher’s aide, Taleek Brooks, 40, was then arrested again ...

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    • Not so Fast! Federal Government Ordered to Return Seized Money

      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, ...

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    • Charged with Nothing, Convicted of Nothing--Losing Everything

      The dangerous reality of civil forfeiture At Sullivan Brill, we have noticed a disturbing and escalating trend: more and more individuals, not accused of any crime, are finding their cars, bank ...

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    • Our Clients Deserve More Opportunities Post-Conviction

      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 ...

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    • When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

      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 ...

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    • An Uptick in Granting Suppression Motions: Is "Stop and Frisk" to Blame?

      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. ...

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    • Understanding Bail in New York

      When it comes to the inner-workings of the criminal justice system, there is no other component more integral but less understood than bail. The main reason for this confusion is that each state has ...

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    • Gun Laws in New York City

      As you may expect, New York City has one of the strictest gun laws in the country. From the moment a potential gun owner wishes to purchase a gun, one is required to fill out a 17-page application , ...

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    • Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Arrested on Gun Charges at NYC Airport

      Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was arrested on federal charges after taking a gun into LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The incident occurred when Meckler attempted to ...

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    • NYPD Officer Dies After Being Shot in Face

      Peter Figoski, a veteran officer of the NYPD was shot at close range and killed with an illegal semi automatic weapon. The officer was responding as backup to a robbery in progress at a basement ...

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    • Opening statements heard at Virginia lacrosse trial

      Opening statements were heard today on the case of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player who is accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend in May of 2010. The prosecution and criminal ...

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    • California: Man Faces More Murder Counts

      In January, police arrested former US marine Itzcoatl Ocampo, for the killings of four homeless men in California. Prosecutors were expected to file formal murder charges for the stabbings that ...

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    • NYPD Officer Dies After Being Shot in Face

      Peter Figoski, a veteran officer of the NYPD was shot at close range and killed with an illegal semi automatic weapon. The officer was responding as backup to a robbery in progress at a basement ...

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    • NYPD Policy for issuing DATs for Marijuana Possession

      http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/12/07/low-level-marijuana-arrests-down-after-nypd-puts-new-policy-in-place/ It is important to note that the NYPD has set out to take a different approach on marijuana ...

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    • Parolees Can Now Vote in New York

      If you have been convicted of a felony , and are now on post-release supervision after serving a state jail sentence, you are free to vote. The right to vote is a sacred one. For years, those who have ...

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    • Attorney Steven Brill Appears on Today's Verdict Program

      Attorney Steven Brill recently appeared on the BronxNet program Today's Verdict with host David Lesch. David and Steven's discussion focused on sex crime laws here in New York, their ramifications, ...

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    • What Happened to Getting a Second Chance?

      In 1993, a 25 year old woman living in New York pleaded guilty to bank fraud, and received one day in jail, six months of house arrest, and four years of probation. She did her time, began to pursue ...

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    • Parolees Can Now Vote in New York

      If you have been convicted of a felony , and are now on post-release supervision after serving a state jail sentence, you are free to vote. The right to vote is a sacred one. For years, those who have ...

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    • Sealing Criminal Records in New York

      There is finally some good news when it comes to criminal justice reform. A bill just signed by Governor Cuomo, entitled CPL §160.59, gives a court the discretion to seal up to 2 convictions for all ...

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    • Our Clients Deserve More Opportunities Post-Conviction

      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 ...

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    • An Uptick on Insider Trading Indictments

      In what seems like a new arrest every day, federal prosecutors in both New York and New Jersey have sought indictments against everyone from hedge fund managers to lawyers alleging insider trading ...

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    • Madoff Accuses Big Banks as Complicit

      Madoff Says Big Banks Complicit in Historic Ponzi Scheme Bernie Madoff, sentenced to 150 years for masterminding a massive Ponzi scheme believed to have bilked investors out of tens of billions in the ...

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    • Attorney Steven Brill Appears on Today's Verdict Program

      Attorney Steven Brill recently appeared on the BronxNet program Today's Verdict with host David Lesch. David and Steven's discussion focused on sex crime laws here in New York, their ramifications, ...

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    • Aide at a Manhattan School Is Charged With Sexual Abuse

      A teacher’s aide at P.S. 87, a highly regarded Manhattan public elementary school, was arrested after he allegedly sexually abused a student. The accused, Gregory Atkins, 56, was working at the Upper ...

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    • MTA workers bust man sexually assaulting woman on J train tracks

      A woman was sexually assaulted after getting off the subway just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday. The suspect, Michael Torres, 29, allegedly grabbed the 36-year-old on the escalator as she exited the J ...

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