Brooklyn Supreme Court

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Democratic Challenger Zephyr Teachout to Andrew Cuomo: "Game On"

    "I feel great," Zephyr Teachout said, actually seeming to mean it. "It's not fun to have anybody staring you down, and trying to knock you off your game. But all this has done is proved that I am a New Yorker." It was Monday morning, a few hours before Teachout, the Democratic longshot candidate c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Driver Who Killed Pedestrian in Police Chase Was Not "Depraved" Because He Tried to Avoid Collision, Court Rules

    In April 2009, 28-year-old Jose Maldonado hot-wired a mini-van and led police on a car chase through Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Maldonado ran a red light on Manhattan Avenue and hit 37-year-old Violetta Krzyzak, who lived nearby. She died. Maldonado crashed into parked cars three blocks away and police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Derrick Deacon, Who Was Locked Up for 24 Years After Wrongful Conviction, Sues NY

    Derrick Deacon spent 24 years in prison because city investigators coerced a witness to lie in her testimony. This dirt came out during Deacon's retrial last fall. On November 18, a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury needed just nine minutes of deliberation before declaring Deacon innocent. New Yorkers h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Appeals Court Overturns Father's Sex Abuse Conviction Because of Questionable Testimony

    In August, 2011, Brooklyn State Supreme Court jury convicted Wayne McMitchell of sexually abusing his two step-daughters. The two girls, who were 17 and 16 at the time of the trial, had testified against McMitchell, claiming that he has assaulted each of them when they were younger. The girls' mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Al-Qaeda's Magazine Editor Was Arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court Today

    A Nigerian man connected with Al-Qaeda's operation in the Arabian peninsula appeared in a Brooklyn court today. Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, 33, was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court today on charges of providing material support to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, recruiting new members in Nigeria, and helping to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    A Week Before His Sentencing, Former State Senator Pedro Espada Wants a Retrial

    It was a quintessential New York corruption story. A few years ago, state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, were busted by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of embezzling at least $500,000 from the family's nonprofit in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Former Voice writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Jerome Isaac, Man Who Burned Brooklyn Woman Alive in Elevator, Will Serve 50 Years in Prison

    The man responsible for burning a 73-year-old woman alive in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building will serve 50 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to first-degree murder and second-degree arson charges. Back in December, Jerome Isaac, 48, cornered 73-year-old Delores Gilles ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Espada & Son Will Plead Guilty To Embezzlement Charges Today

    Sometimes, you have to just give in (to charges of embezzlement).When State Senator Pedro Espada was charged by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in May 2010 with stealing $400,000 from a Bronx clinic that he helped set up, the Democratic powerhouse, like any politician, fought passionately for his repu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Singing Protestors Strike Again; New School Students Interrupt Brooklyn Foreclosure Sale

    Well, looks like that grumpy Chinese restaurant we profiled has been saved from being sold! Yesterday, singing protestors struck Brooklyn Supreme Court with a foreclosure blockade again. The courts, as we've written over the past several weeks, have gotten more and more paranoid and protective aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Tomorrow? A Grumpy Chinese Restaurant

    The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Foreclosed Tomorrow, Harassed Today

    ​The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    The Feds Seek Crackdown on Flawed Foreclosure System

    If there's one thing we've learned from reaching out to homeowners about to face foreclosures the past several months, it's that the entire foreclosure system is heavily flawed. Back in February, we profiled Debbie Hailey, who managed to stop the foreclosure sale of her home by failing for bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Singing Protesters Arrested Again During "Public" Foreclosure Auction

    Activists took up song to protest a "public" foreclosure auction in Brooklyn Supreme Court this afternoon. Many of those gathered (from FUREE, Housing Is a Human Right, Organizing for Occupation, and a new group called Occupied Real Estate) had taken part in another singing act of protest last Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Jerome Isaac, Who Allegedly Burned Deloris Gillespie to Death in Her Elevator, Pleads Not Guilty

    ​Yesterday Jerome Isaac was arraigned on murder charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court for the death of 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie, who, in December, he allegedly sprayed with flammable liquid and set on fire in her elevator in Prospect Heights. He was caught on video doing all of this, which le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Brooklyn Pimp Denied 'Expert Pimp' Status Despite Having Heard Every Song About Pimpin'

    Cash, money, gavel.​Anthony McCord, a 29-year-old pimp who's on trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court for rape and robbery has been denied his request to be qualified as an "expert witness" in pimping. McCord is acting as his own lawyer and had hoped to reveal to jurors the "relationships between pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Foreclosure Fallout: Did Organizing for Occupation's Singing Protest Accomplish Anything?

    Michelle D. Anderson1241 Flatbush Ave. was sold at auction on Thursday, despite a song-delayed court session​Last week the Voice reported on Organizing for Occupation's first co-sponsored Occupy Wall Street action in Brooklyn, which took place at the Brooklyn Supreme on Thursday and saw the ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    How Singing Paused Foreclosure Court in Brooklyn (VIDEO)

    Yesterday, we wrote about how nine people, including two lawyers, got arrested for temporarily halting the foreclosure auctions of three buildings in Brooklyn Supreme Court, by singing. Even though such auctions are open to the public (until the court officers tell you that you'll be arrested if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Today? The Voice Finds Out

    Michelle D. AndersonIqbal Hossaint, manager of New Bombay Masala, had no idea the building his restaurant rents from will be auctioned today​Yesterday, the Voice wrote about a protest happening today at Brooklyn Supreme Court. Led by Occupy Wall Street and the group Organizing for Occupation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Stephen Anderson, ex-NYPD, Says Cops Routinely Planted Drug Evidence to Make False Arrests

    ​The disturbing reports today from the trial of a detective on corruption charges once again confirm allegations raised in the Voice's NYPD Tapes series that the quota pressure causes police officers to do bad things. Former Brooklyn narcotics detective Stephen Anderson testified last week th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Lawyers and Activists Arrested in Brooklyn Courtroom While Stopping Foreclosures with Song (VIDEO)

    Updated below: the singers have been released. Organizing for Occupation co-sponsored the first Occupy Wall Street action in Brooklyn today, and it didn't disappoint in terms of adding some Brooklyn flair to the once Manhattan bound scene. About a hundred people rallied outside Brooklyn Supreme Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Defenders of Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, Join with Occupy Wall Street to Fight Foreclosures

    Michael Premo​The group Organizing for Occupation will bring Occupy Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, in a joint action from the two groups at Brooklyn Supreme Cout that will call for an end to foreclosure auctions. "O4O" first made news in August, when their members surrounded t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Woman Sues Chanel After Getting Ring Stuck on Finger

    ​A woman named Rosy Mizrachi Gindi is suing Chanel in Brooklyn Supreme Court because while at the East 57th Street store she put a ring on her finger which wouldn't come off, and had to go to the emergency room, where, after several hours, doctors were able to remove the $10,000-plus ring in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Going Rate to Survive After Having Sex With a Mobster's Wife? $50,000.

    ​Once of the unexpected joys in the murder trial of Vinny Gorgeous (a/k/a Bonanno family crime boss) is the revelation of all sorts of new mafia-based learning, like in naming conventions and linguistics and style, and even micro-economics. Today, we learn that the price of impregnating a crim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Sued For Allegedly Keeping Teenage Sex Slave

    ​Dov Charney, the controversial founder and CEO of American Apparel, is being sued for grimy sexual abuse graver in dirty detail and larger in dollar amount than any other grimy sexual abuse he's been accused of before. A new lawsuit from an ex-American Apparel employee seeks $260 million in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Judge Decides the Daily News Has to Give Up Information About a Murder

    ​Which takes precedence? A newspaper reporter's right to protect a source? Or a criminal defendant's right to information that could save him from a murder conviction? This week, we're learning that a judge chose a murder defendant over the Daily News. The judge, Mark Dwyer of Brooklyn Suprem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Alleged Drug Money Smelled Like Drugs

    ​An assistant bank manager in East Hills, Long Island has been charged with laundering money that reeked of weed. The Daily News reports that Natanzia St. Rose is accused of exchanging $50,000 in illicit funds through the JP Morgan Chase branch where she worked. The large amounts of cash were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Zaire Paige Goes from Movie Killer to Actual Killer, Gets 107 Years in Prison

    Paige at his sentencing Monday​"With all due respect, and from the bottom of my heart, suck my dick!" That was the message convicted killer Zaire Paige had for Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice yesterday afternoon as he was sentenced to four consecutive 25-to-life sentences ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Duane Reade May Have Watched You Pee

    ​But only if you worked there! Sixteen Duane Reade employees are suing the company for rigging bathrooms with cameras and "recording devices" (?) ostensibly to make sure workers weren't, what, playing Angry Birds or snorting drugs? It's hard to fathom this ever seeming a good idea at a manager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    The Case of the Vanishing Sodomized Boxers

    ​Remember Michael Mineo, the tattoo artist who said two Brooklyn cops sodomized him with a baton during a pot bust earlier this year? The cops were acquitted of criminal charges in February, but Mineo is back in Brooklyn Federal Court with a civil suit. Although his underwear -- the plaid boxer sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Turkey-in-Pants Teen Would Like to Explain a Few Things

    ​The New York Post has caught up with the Brooklyn teenager accused of stealing a 12-pound Boar's Head turkey from Fine Fare supermarket in Bedford-Stuy via the "putting it in his pants" method. And he would like to clarify a few matters. Even if he was caught on video.

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    November 2, 2010

    Among Celeb Stalkers, Law & Order Creep Could be Worse

    ​Charles Nagel, a 36-year-old Philadelphia man whom the Daily News describes as "a pudgy creep," went on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court today for allegedly stalking and harassing a Law & Order: Criminal Intent star by repeatedly visiting her on the show's set and sending angry Facebook messag ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Grimaldi's Has Dough, Vows to Pay Rent & Stay Put

    Pies to stay put.​Fear not, pizza fiends. Grimaldi's owner Frank Ciolli responded to the news yesterday that the famed pizzeria would be evicted due to unpaid back rent and taxes with the promise that he wasn't going anywhere.

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    December 8, 2009

    Fishmonger M. Slavin & Sons Sued for Sexual and Racial Harrassment​The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the fish wholesaler and importer M. Slavin & Sons for male-on-male sexual, racial, and national origin harassment. The suit charges that some of M. Slavin's owners and managers subjected male and especially black American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Girlfriend-Torturer's Stirring Apologia: "That Bitch Drove Me Crazy"

    ​Part of the code of the streets is, when you go, you go hard. Yesterday Jason Page lived up to the code at his sentencing in Brooklyn Supreme Court. He'd been convicted of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, holding her for two weeks, burning her with a lighter and whipping her with an electrical c ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Hot Water for Landlords: Judge Rules They Must Regulate Tap Temperature

    We all remember the McDonald's coffee lawsuit -- probably the most famously frivolous suit in American history -- when a jury in Albuquerque awarded $2.7 million dollars to a woman who spilled burning hot coffee on her lap. (Civil penalties were ultimately reduced to $480,000.) Apparently, New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Mafia Cops: That's All, Folks

    Two detectives who gave New York a whole new definition of corrupt cops were sentenced to life in prison  without the possibility of parole this afternoon. Before sentence was pronounced in Brooklyn Federal Court by Judge Jack Weinstein, Louis Eppolito, 60, and Stephen Caracappa, 67, both rose to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Staten Island's Molinari to Sue Over Term Limits

    Everybody wants to get in on the act. First, lawsuits were announced against Bloomberg's term-limits overturn by a group of schoolteachers and by Councilmembers Tish James and Bill de Blasio; then Malcolm Smith said the State Senate would consider a bill requiring term limits be put to a referendum; ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    Fighting Foreclosure: Subprime Borrowers Battle (and Beat) Lenders in Court

    In response to the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis sweeping New York City, the highest court in the State is finding new ways to provide homeowners with legal advice and representation if they are faced with foreclosure. A series of startling court decisions nationwide have ruled against subpr ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Post Back to Cell Watch

    Back in the 1970s, the New York Post famously smuggled a photo of a snoozing David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz out of jail, and printed it with the headline SAM SLEEPS. Security in City correctional facilities must be tighter now, because only a court pic accompanies the Post's IMETTE HULK SULKS story ab ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    Prosecutors to Drop FBI Mob Case After Voice Story: Report

    The case of Lindley DeVecchio, the former FBI agent accused of collaborating with mobsters on four murders, is on the verge of collapse after the Village Voice unearthed decade-old recordings of the star witness contradicting her sworn testimony. The case was put on hold in Brooklyn Supreme Court ... More >>

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    January 13, 2007

    Justice for Sale in Brooklyn

    (Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Howard Ruditzky Photo by Rick Kopstein) In a Village Voice exclusive, investigative reporter Wayne Barrett reveals that in Brooklyn politics, a State Supreme Court judgeship can be bought—for a kind of funny price. Barrett writes that there's big trouble ahead fo ... More >>

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    January 11, 2006

    Norman Sentenced to 2-6 Years

    A beleageured-looking Clarence Norman Jr., once Brooklyn's most powerful Democratic leader, was sentenced today to a term of 2 to 6 years for two separate convictions stemming from campaign abuses. The sentence means the former political boss must serve at least 2 years in prison before he can be c ... More >>

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    December 20, 2005


    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2003

    For Judges, It's One-Stop Shopping

    Brooklyn Dems Celebrate as Scandal Mounts

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    December 24, 2002

    Immigrant Roundup

    From Brooklyn to L.A., Muslim Detainees Protest Mass Arrests

  • News

    October 22, 2002

    Foreclosing on Bed-Stuy

    Predatory Loans Have Residents Seeing Red

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    May 28, 2002

    Real Estate 101

    Hard Knocks for a Brooklyn Alternative School

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    April 30, 2002

    Stealing Home?

    Elderly Woman Loses Brownstone to Brooklyn Courts' Inside Baseball

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    April 24, 2001

    A Time for Mercy

    Rabbi Gets Probation for Medical Marijuana

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    February 27, 2001

    Sacrificial Lamb

    Orthodox Rabbi Yitzchak Fried Could Do Hard Time for Medical Marijuana

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