New York Law Journal

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    'Illiterate' Defendant Who Couldn't Understand the Word 'Attorney' Nonetheless Convicted

    When 18-year-old Willi Adames was held by police in connection with a fatal shooting in June of 2008, he ostensibly waived his right to an attorney before giving a detailed, recorded statement implicating himself in the crime.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    New York City Small-Claims Court Just Got Smaller

    ​Budget troubles are everywhere, which you likely know if you are attempting to sue someone in small-claims court. As a result of that belt-tightening, reports the New York Law Journal, city small-claims courts themselves are cutting back to one night from four per week. This brings the number ... 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

    December 2, 2010

    Andrew Stein, The Man Who Wanted to Be Mayor, Admits Tax Scam

    ​Former City Council President and one-time mayoral candidate Andrew Stein pled guilty yesterday to a $1 million tax fraud. This didn't rate big headlines since Stein long ago faded into the city's rearview mirror, which is where he always belonged. If he was spotted at all in recent years, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Brooklyn A.D.A. Turned Apprentice Is Too Hot (and Famous!) to Practice Law

    ​Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, a 29-year-old assistant district attorney in Brooklyn who's currently on The Apprentice, has resigned from her legal gig to focus on, we guess, being the best apprentice she can be. Or on being a star. Which is happening!!! Apparently, jurors had started to recognize her, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Judge Rules Saggy Pants-Wearing Not Illegal, Just Stupid

    ​In a groundbreaking decision, a Bronx judge has determined that wearing saggy pants that expose your underwear is not illegal in New York! Some notes from the judge's decision, via the New York Law Journal:

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Judge Nora Anderson: Not Guilty by Jury Verdict

    ​A Manhattan judge has had her own day in court and you can now count Nora Anderson, whose election to Manhattan Surrogate's Court in November, 2008 was delayed by criminal indictment, as a big believer in the jury system. That's because yesterday a jury acquitted Anderson and a prominent att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Bloomberg Takes Twin Hits: Angry Judges and Lost Bank Accounts

    ​More signs of the steadily falling stock price of Team Bloomberg today: First, the Times reports that those 'hidden bank accounts' that had Mayor Mike calling in the bloodhounds on outgoing veteran D.A. Robert Morgenthau are widespread throughout city agencies. Times tag-team Willie Rashbaum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Lawyer Robert Simels Gets 14 Years for Attempts to Tamper With, "Neutralize" Witnesses

    ​In March the Voice reported on the case of Robert Simels, a high-powered attorney for high-level crooks from Henry Hill (the "hero" of GoodFellas) to major drug dealers with a low level of regard for human life, which prosecutors suggested Simels shared and enabled. Sample from the story:Ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Murdoch Forces Google to Change "First Click" to "First 5 Clicks" Free

    Looks like Rupert Murdoch is getting some traction in his quest to keep "kleptomaniacs" like you and us from getting his content for free. Google senior Business Product Manager Josh Cohen says at the Google News Blog that his company is "updating" its First Click Free program, which had previously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Judge: Bank Not Liable for Terror Attacks Possibly Funded by Its Wire Transfers

    ​A group of victims of terrorist bombings by Hezbollah and Hamas lost a suit in New York this week against the Swiss banking giant UBS. A federal judge ruled that that bank's transfer of large amounts of U.S. currency to Iran didn't count as "aiding and abetting" international terrorism. 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Paterson's Lawyers Grilled on Ravitch Appointment

    Last month Governor Paterson's team of lawyers were confident that, despite Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's cavils, Public Officers Law 43 made it perfectly Constitutional for the Governor to install Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor. But Paterson's team had rough sledding at a hearing yesterd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Times Endorses Vance for D.A.; Contenders About Even in Cash on Hand

    Cy Vance got a big boost in the Manhattan D.A.'s race from the New York Times, which has endorsed him as "an accomplished criminal and civil trial lawyer who offers balanced judgment and a commitment to criminal justice reform." They like his "Conviction Integrity Panel" idea, a sort of internal af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Court: Times Can't Have Spitzer Sex Scandal Wiretap Info

    The New York Times has lost its bid to obtain wiretap information related to former Governor Eliot Spitzer's involvement in the Emperor's Club prostitution ring. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that general journalistic or public interest -- what the Times argued was the basis fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Some Judges Ban Social Media from Trials

    Some judges are now banning Blackberrys and IPhones from juries. In the Brooke Astor trial in New York City, the judge warned jurors not to Twitter, blog, email, or do any internet research about the issues at hand. With people publishing every more minute details of their lives on social media si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Fraudster-Lawyer Had a Fraudster-Partner

    The Marc Dreier case just gets more entertaining. Readers may recall the formerly high-powered law firm boss was busted in Canada last year for pretending to someone else at a pension fund meeting. It was eventually revealed that he'd been masquerading like this for months, making $700 million on fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Feds Seek Mrs. Madoff's Millions; Madoff Release Highly Unlikely

    Now that he's pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors are getting more serious about recovering Bernie Madoff's ill-gotten gains. They are reportedly going after the Park Avenue townhouse and assets belonging to Madoff's wife Ruth, though Madoff's lawyers claim they are not part of the fraudulent earnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Panel Rejects Anti-Atlantic Yards Suit; Plaintiffs Will Appeal

    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's legal challenge to the contentious Atlantic Yards project has been rejected, 3-0, in an Appellate Division panel ruling. According to the New York Law Journal, DDDB contended that officials improperly judged some properties "blighted" so that they could be seized for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Law Firms Also Hit by Recession

    The one group that we thought would never feel the pinch of the New Depression has actually seen some stunning reversals lately. The New York Law Journal reports that profits at the Cravath, Swaine & Moore law firm fell 24 percent last year, and 16 percent at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. In Wash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Madoff Lawyer Has Valuable Experience with Madoff-Involved Crooks

    The glossies interview movie stars and scene-makers, but the New York Law Journal interviews Bernie Madoff's lawyer. As you might expect, though, counselor Ira Lee Sorkin doesn't say much. But his history with Madoff is interesting: After meeting the swindler in the 1980s, the former SEC prosecutor, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Judge: Fast Food Calorie Board Law Doesn't Violate Free Speech

    Photo (cc) pnoeric. You probably find those calorie counts in chain restaurants, displayed by a local law last year, to be helpful or at least horrifying (670 calories in a Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Creme?). But libertarians hate them and dream of returning to the caveat empto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Lawyer/Impersonator Dreier Wants Madoff-Style House Arrest, But For Free

    Maybe you remember Marc S. Dreier, the high-powered lawyer who was jailed for criminal impersonation and later revealed to be in the habit of pretending to be what he was not, and to have money he didn't have, for the purposes of scamming $400 million. The New York Law Journal today reveals that D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Albany Ready to Referendum Bloomberg's Term-Limits Plan

    Newly-empowered Albany Democrats are learning a new respect for term limits. State Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Malcolm Smith has already said he'd welcome a bill requiring a referendum on Bloomberg's term-limits reversal. Now Senator Kevin Parker is saying he'll introduce such a bill next week ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 12, 2008

    Caged Citizen Will Test President Obama

    Under 23-hour lockdown here, an innocent American is a Bush "dark side" legacy

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Tape Scammer in Rockaway Murder Case Talks to Wave

    Last week the Daily News told the story of Kareem Bellamy, recently freed from prison when an informant's audiotape allegedly revealed the confession of one Levon Melvin for the 1994 Far Rockaway murder of which Bellamy had been convicted. The tape turned out to have been fabricated by the man who p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Panel: Landlord Can Throw Out Illegal Loft Tenants, But No Back $

    On Friday a state appellate panel unanimously agreed that a landlord who had allowed tenants to live in a loft in his commercial building could evict them for violating their winked-at commercial lease, reports the New York Law Journal This decision, rendered in Brooklyn, also stipulated that the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    New Abuse Screening Law Scaled Back; Gov Says NY Computers Can't Cope

    Even upon signing a bill requiring courts to review of "orders of protection, warrants of arrest and sex offender registries" before granting child custody and visitation rights, Governor Paterson announced the new law would be scaled back. According to the New York Law Journal, Paterson said the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Morning Papers: Boxer-Slay Suspect, S.I. Denial, Law Firm Confession, Etc.

    New York Daily News: Back in August Golden Gloves champ and aspiring pro welterweight Ronnie Vargas of the Bronx was shot dead in what appeared to be a random dispute. Today the News reports that cops picked up one Jose Coimbre in Virginia for the crime, which was allegedly inspired by Vargas' invol ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2008

    Bloomberg Wants to Get in Your Genes

    Compared to the present mayor’s contempt for civil liberties, Giuliani was a piker

  • News

    April 17, 2007

    J. Edgar Bloomberg: COINTELPRO in NY

    Not only the president is in need of an education on the Bill of Rights

  • News

    April 10, 2007

    New York's Most Obnoxious Lawyer

    Do we have to pick just one? Kenny Heller won't admit it, but he could make a case for the title if he hadn't been disbarred—for obnoxious behavior.

  • News

    November 7, 2006

    Bush Revives Espionage Act

    Bush's war on the disloyal press climaxes in a trial on classified information.

  • News

    October 31, 2006

    Mugging the Minutemen

    Forcibly silenced, an invited speaker at Columbia has not been invited back.

  • News

    March 7, 2006

    The Torture Judge

    U.S. court rules our government can break international laws to keep us safe

  • News

    September 6, 2005

    John Roberts v. One French Fry

    Beneath his black robes, what does Roberts reveal of his values as a human being?

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    Pataki's Quiet Court-Packing

    Long after he's gone, the governor's GOP judges will still be ruling

  • News

    January 25, 2005

    The Scourge of Her Conviction

    Activist Elena Sassower annoyed congress, her trial judge, and defenders of free speech—all the way to jail

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2004
  • News

    October 14, 2003

    Bush's Vanished Prisoner

    He Wonders Whether He Will See the Light of Day Again

  • News

    July 22, 2003

    Spoils System

    How a Hefty Fee for an Ex-Governor Went Unnoticed

  • News

    January 7, 2003

    George W. Bush's Constitution

    'Does It Take a Lifetime to Question a Man?'

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    A Prosecutor’s Revenge

    Javert of ‘Les Misérables’ Lives!

  • News

    March 12, 2002

    The Wrong Man Gets a Second Chance

    A Decision Protecting All Defendants

  • News

    March 5, 2002

    Judge Ross vs. Free Speech

    Disorderly Conduct by Whom?

  • News

    February 26, 2002

    Pataki Patronage

    The Guv's Attempt to Name a Prosecutor Lays Bare His Own Scandal

  • News

    February 19, 2002

    Will Schumer Stand Up?

    Only He Can Prevent a Hack Bush-Pataki Appointment

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Remembering Attica

    Thirty Years Later, the Story of America’s Worst Prison Riot Continues

  • News

    April 10, 2001

    Pataki’s Political Pick

    Guv and Fonz Make Disneyland Selection for New U.S. Attorney

  • News

    October 5, 1999

    Watershed Fallout

    Could the Probe of a Top Eco Cop Affect New York's Senate Race?

  • News

    January 6, 1998