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