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 >>
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 >>
In July 2010, a man entered the Guthrie Clinic in Coning, New York to receive treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. As it happened, a nurse at the clinic knew the man, identified only as "John Doe" in court documents. Doe was the boyfriend of the nurse's sister-in-law. So the nurse texted ... More >>
On Tuesday, New York's highest court ruled that police officers can testify about a victim's description of a perpetrator. The Court of Appeals decision addressed not just the purpose, but the potential unintended effects of allowing such evidence. On one side, the police account helps demonstrat ... More >>
Prosecutors can use 911 call recordings describing uncharged crimes to explain police aggression against a defendant during an arrest, New York's highest court ruled in a 4-3 split decision. The recordings, the Court of Appeals stated, could be admissible only under certain circumstances: when the ... More >>
Scott Doll asked for a lawyer, but the Genesee County Sheriff's deputies kept up with the questions, detaining him in the back of their car. It was February 2009, and Doll was covered in wet blood. There was also blood inside his parked van, and on the snow around it. Worried there was an injured pe ... More >>
Grace Perez built an influential domestic-violence program. Then she was fired.