Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has dismissed seven convictions this year. Three of them involved former Detective Louis Scarcella, the subject of this week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella. Thompson's office is reviewing all 71 convictions tied to Scarcella, a review that beg ... More >>
In 2008, Cheryl Santiago, stood trial, accused of suffocating her 22-month step-daughter to death. During closing arguments, the Dutchess County prosecutor showed the jury a PowerPoint presentation. It ran six minutes--the length of time it would have taken to suffocate the baby, according to a doct ... More >>
On June 18, 1992, 39-year-old Annie Yarbough and 12-year-olds Chavonn Barnes and Latasha Knox were fatally stabbed in Yarbough's Coney Island apartment. Anthony Yarbough, Annie's son and Chavonn's sister, was convicted of the triple-murder, along with Sharrif Wilson. Yarbough received a prison sen ... More >>
In 2010, a Suffolk County jury convicted Anthony Oddone of committing the first murder in Southampton Village since 1988. He'd killed Andrew Reister, a 40-year-old correction officer who was working a second job as a bouncer at a restaurant-slash-bar called Publick House. After Reister had asked Odd ... More >>
There's been a weeks-long battle between City College of New York's (CCNY) administration and student protesters angry over the closure of the Morales-Shakur Center, a hub for left-leaning campus political activity. That battle cooled down slightly on Friday, November 22, when an attorney for two su ... More >>
On Monday, a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury needed just nine minutes to decide that Derrick Deacon was innocent of the crime that has kept him behind bars for 24 years. Chalk it up as another wrongful conviction coming out of the Kings County District Attorney's office, which has been embroiled . And ... More >>
Two City College of New York students have been criminally charged for their role in the protests against the closure of the Morales-Shakur Center, the school's hub of campus political activity. Tafadar Sourov, 19, and Khalil Vasquez, 22, have been suspended from CCNY since October 28, barred from c ... More >>
On Saturday, Marina and Kevin Krim, the parents of two young children who were killed in their Upper West Side apartment by their nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, announced the arrival of a baby boy. It is welcome good news in a gruesome murder whose first anniversary comes in less than two weeks.
On Tuesday two New Yorkers were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of conspiring to provide support to terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, of Elmhurst, Queens, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, face up to seven years each if convicted. Accord ... More >>
On January 16, 2007, Benjamin Henry Waters was arrested and charged with murder. Over the next six years, the case against him would see a lying witness, a mistrial, a judge questioning a prosecutor's integrity, and, ultimately, an acquittal. Through it all, Waters was locked up on Riker's Island, ... More >>
Law enforcement officials have dubbed it the "blessing scam," and by now the con's strange details are familiar to most major metropolises between the coasts: The scammers target elderly Chinese women and trick them into believing that an evil spirit is about to kill a loved one and the only way to ... More >>
Uncapturing the Friedmans
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes sent us a lengthy letter in response to our story about his reign as Brooklyn District Attorney ("Brooklyn Deserves a New D.A."). How lengthy? 2,005 words. Basically, he didn't like the article so much. And with the zeal of a Talmudic scholar, Hynes (or someo ... More >>
For the second time this year, four Orthodox Jews have been arrested for allegedly interfering in the trial of prominent Jewish leader/"therapist" Nechemya Weberman, who allegedly sexually abused one of his patients for several years, starting when the girl was only 12 years old.The four men arrest ... More >>
A former NYPD officer who pleaded guilty last month to charges that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin was in court today, where he was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison.Additionally, former Officer Nicholas Mina -- who claims h ... More >>
A fruit basket is a lovely way to show appreciation. But when it's filled with $80,000 in cash, and it's in "appreciation" of bribing prosecutors, it's not a gesture of gratitude, it's a felony.So goes the tragic tale of former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng -- the first Asian-American elected to the New Yo ... More >>
Well, this can't be good for Grace Meng's Congressional campaign...The Democratic hopeful's father, Jimmy Meng, is the first Asian-American to be elected to the New York Legislature in the history of the Empire State. After allegedly accepting a fruit basket packed with $80,000 in cash earlier today ... More >>
Four Orthodox Jews have been indicted on charges that they attempted to persuade/intimidate witnesses into not testifying in the upcoming trial against "therapist" Nechemya Weberman, who allegedly sexually abused one of his patients for several years, starting when the girl was only 12 years old. ... More >>
There's good news and bad news...The bad news is a cold-blooded serial killer is coming to New York. The good news he'll be under lock and key the entire time he's here.California serial killer Rodney Alcala is en-route to the Big Apple where he'll face murder charges in the deaths of two women in t ... More >>
The week-long trial of eight Occupy Wall Street demonstrators concluded yesterday afternoon with guilty verdicts and a jail sentence. The eight men were part of a crowd that entered a fenced-in parcel controlled by Trinity Church December 17, hoping to turn the space into a new camp for the movemen ... More >>
The Bronx District Attorney's Office has officially announced that the NYPD officer who shot an unarmed teen earlier this year has been indicted on two counts of manslaughter and now faces up to 25 years in prison.The grand jury that signed off on the charges found that Officer Richard Haste acted " ... More >>
More than eight months after the NYPD began arresting people taking part in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, the first of hundreds of criminal cases trickling through the court system are finally coming up for trial. Earlier this month, we told you about the first two cases to go to trial. In bot ... More >>
For the second time in just over a year, Bronx pastor Michael Clare has been hit with charges that he had sex with an underage girl, this time for allegedly raping a 14-year-old who was a student at Harvest Preparatory Academy, where Clare had been the principal (breath easy -- the school told us ... More >>
In what appears to be the culmination of what essentially has been a 20-year crime spree for former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, "Nails" was sentenced this afternoon to prison time after pleading no contest to one count of grand theft auto -- and he still has charges that he whipped it ... More >>
Michael Pena, the off-duty NYPD officer accused of raping a teacher in Inwood, was indicted and arraigned today on five counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree rape, and three counts of a criminal sexual act in the first degree, reports DNA Info. He pleaded not guilty, ... More >>
One of the officers acquitted in the East Village rape case is now strapped for cash after being fired from the NYPD for misconduct. Kenneth Moreno, who has custody of his 14-year-old daughter, is demanding more child support from his ex-girlfriend, who in turn is smearing him to the New York ... More >>
Was David Williams IV a terrorist? Or was he just out to make an easy score by scamming the government's informant?
It's probably not in legal textbooks or on Law and Order (at least, not explicitly) but there is a legal reality called the "nerd defense," which basically means that if you look like a nerd -- i.e., wear glasses at your criminal trial -- the jury will be less likely to think you did the horr ... More >>
On the heels of a scandal involving a Department of Corrections Muslim chaplain who was charged for sneaking razor blades into a Manhattan jail, the Voice has learned that two imams on the Riker's Island jail complex are currently under investigation for carrying illegal firearms. Both imams continu ... More >>
Frances M. RobertsFormer State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr, whose legal troubles threw his Bronx seat into the unsteady hands of situational Democrat Pedro Espada, is floating the idea of withdrawing his guilty plea to federal charges of fraud.
Back in May of 2008, a man came into Elgudzha Koyenishvili's Staten Island liquor store, shot him dead, and stole the cash register. Cops traced and found the getaway pickup truck, whose owner told them he had lent it to John Lanorith, who had twice gone away for burglary. Lanorith was charged with ... More >>
The only-in-NY trial that brings together a lawyer to drug kingpins, his mob attorney, and the Gotti prosecutor
He didn't jump -- he was pushed. It's just a footnote to history now, but for those keeping score on Albany misdeeds it's worth noting that when former senate majority leader Joe Bruno announced last June that he would not seek reelection after 32 years in office, it wasn't just to have some retirem ... More >>
The latest casualty in New York's ongoing political crime wave is Brooklyn assemblywoman Diane Gordon who was found guilty today in State Supreme Court of taking bribes. Gordon, 57 and a Democrat, was convicted of having tried to steer city-owned land to a private developer who agreed to deliver h ... More >>
The abusive prank caller to Port Authority cops? One of their colleagues.
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Civil libertarians battle a city DNA database the hard way
Prosecutors backing off on hate crime charge in beating of Queens Satanist
An everyday squabble in a crowded subway car becomes a lesson in power politics
Influential Rabbi Barred From Lobbying Federal Prison Officials
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'Never Anything About Obstruction of Justice'
Volpe Family Adviser Played Key Role
Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry
A 17-year-old is dead. his alleged killer is only 15, troubled, and facing life in prison
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