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NY Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Curb Gravity Knife Prosecutions

The New York legislation is intended to eliminate the option for members of law enforcement to charge someone for simply carrying what could be considered…

Posted by Michael Joseph on May 25, 2019

New York Makes a Major Change in Requiring Disclosure of Evidence to Defense in Criminals Cases

For decades, the rules governing criminal trials in New York have been tougher on defendants and more favorable to prosecutors than those in most other…

Posted by Michael Joseph on May 16, 2019

New Rules Limit ICE's Arrest Ability in New York State Courts

On April 17, 2019 the New York state’s Office of Court Administration issued a memo that bars ICE agents from making arrests on state court…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Apr 22, 2019

'Forbidden' Instruction Forces Retrial, 2nd Circuit Rules

U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy's actions in an immigration and marriage fraud trial potentially tainted the jury, requiring the convictions be overturned and…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Apr 06, 2019

Star Power does not Entitle Free Pass

On March 28, 2018, DMX, the rapper also known as Earl Simmons, was sentenced to one-year prison term for tax evasion along with three years…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Feb 16, 2019

2nd Circuit Revives Federal Wrongful Conviction Challenge

Our New York police misconduct lawyers know that police sometimes bend the rules and manipulate if  it create fabricated evidence. When this happens innocent people…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Feb 09, 2019

Federal court says New York state ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

Just blame Bruce Lee. Back in 1974, New York state decided to ban the possession of nunchucks as lawmakers feared they were becoming enticing tools…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Jan 05, 2019

The US Opioid Crisis: Current Federal and State Legal Issues.

Drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers have increased dramatically since 1999. Concerted federal and state efforts have been made to curb this epidemic.…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Nov 08, 2018

Suit Alleges Manhattan DA Is Hiding List of Police Officers With Compromised Credibility

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is keeping a list of police officers who have credibility problems as witnesses on the stand but is refusing to…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Nov 08, 2018

New York has New Rules for Identifications in Criminal Cases

Witness tampering, coaching  and suggestive  photo arrays by police officers and detectives in New York has become a major problem and a contributing cause to…

Posted by Michael Joseph on Sep 06, 2018

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