New York State Unified Court System

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Court: Inmate's Threat in Therapy Not Grounds for Discipline

    Presumably, it's a good thing when prison inmates are honest during psychiatric counseling. Opening up to a therapist is sort of the whole point of the exercise. So imagine Thomas Archie's surprise when his statement to a therapist landed him in disciplinary proceedings at the state prison where h ... More >>

  • News

    September 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Bronx Woman Detained 15 Hours for Parking Citation She Already Paid, Says Complaint

    At 8 a.m. on October 12, Yocasta Reyes heard loud knocking on the front door of her Morris Heights apartment. Six police officers were there to arrest her. She spent the next 15 hours locked up in holding cells, waiting to stand before a judge at the New York County Criminal Court. All this becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Famous Tailor Mohanbhai Ramchandani Hid $3.2 Mill in Foreign Banks, Pleads Guilty to Feds

    Mohanbhai Ramchandani was about as well known as a tailor could be in New York. He's cut cloth for Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Ricky Henderson, Patrick Ewing, and Walt Frazier, who once praised Ramchandani by reminding the New York Post that "I've been voted best-dressed athlete a lot of times." But in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    City Goes After Owners of Buildings that House Drug Operations

    The drug trade subsists through a network-- dealers, buyers, producers, stash houses, wholesalers, transporters, and so on. Eliminate a single branch, and the network will slow for a bit but then soon regenerate, with a new buyer or dealer filling vacuum. For law enforcement officials, the size of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Green Cab Invasion: Court Upholds Outer Borough Hail Plan

    It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Soda Ban Appeal Set For June While Mayor Responds To "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill

    After New York State Supreme Court Judge Tingling struck down the soda ban on Monday as "arbitrary and capricious," the administration confidently filed a notice the following day to get this whole thing sorted out. And it looks like we have a time frame: an appeals court has agreed to hear the soda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Wait, So What Happened With Bloomberg's Soda Ban? Welp...

    Yesterday afternoon, we were seriously busy writing up a post entitled "The Basics To Today's Soda Ban" a la the one we wrote for the recent MetroCard hike. It was meant to be a symbolic post, an end to the drama revolving around this damn ban and a settlement on its intended enactment this fateful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    City Can (But Won't) Play Its Part in Bus Strike

    We're damn-near a month into the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181's bus-driver and matron strike, and the city is still pretending like it doesn't have everything to do with why this mess continues to drag-on. The union, politicians and parents are begging the city to at least come to the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Setback for Spectra Pipeline Opponents as State Judge Throws Out Lawsuit

    The juggernaut that is the NJ-NY Expansion Project, familiarly known as the Spectra Pipeline, has crushed another obstacle, bringing the operation of a 30-inch-diameter transmission line full of highly-pressurized explosive natural gas in the heart of the West Village one step closer to reality. Op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Religious Group Tries to Knock NY's Same-Sex Marriage Law and Fails . . . Again

    Over the summer, we reported on this little evangelical group from Spencerport, New York, called the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom. The organization stands on that ever-tipsy fence between religion and politics; its website's mantra states that "as a Christian ministry, NYCF exists to influ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Lap Dances Officially Not "Art," Court Rules

    Sorry, strippers -- rubbing your asses on strangers is officially not "art" thanks to a ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals this morning (yes, the court actually had to decide whether lap dances are "art").In a 4-3 ruling, the Court ruled that lap dances are not tax-exempt works of art the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Judge Halts "Broadway Bomb" Long-Board Race Because, Well, "You Could Die"

    UPDATE: Broadway Bomb organizer tells the Voice he's canceled the race, says he "doesn't like jail."For the past 12 years, more than 1,000 skaters take long-boards and gone weaving through traffic on Broadway in a race dubbed the Broadway Bomb.This year's race is scheduled for tomorrow -- but a judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Kiddie-Porn Officially Illegal In New York Again

    Bad news, perverts: kiddie-porn is illegal in New York again.Believe it or not, prior to today, "viewing" kiddie-porn wasn't a crime in the Empire State -- thanks to a ruling in May by the New York State Court of Appeals, which determined that "viewing" kiddie-porn is perfectly legal because of a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2012

    New York's Same-Sex Marriage Law Triumphs in Court

    It's been over a year since New York's Marriage Equality Act was enacted by Governor Cuomo. And, since then, numerous conservative groups across the state have attempted to strike the law down in court. But none have gotten as far as the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom - a group from Spencerp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Bad News, Perverts: Watching Kiddie-Porn In New York Is Finally Going To Be Illegal

    Sorry, perverts -- your days of legally "viewing" kiddie-porn in New York are coming to an end.Believe it or not, "viewing" kiddie-porn currently isn't a crime in the Empire State -- thanks to a ruling last month by the New York State Court of Appeals, which determined that "viewing" kiddie-porn is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Does The City Know Its Own Policy On Park Performers?

    Earlier this week, the Voice brought you very confusing news: The city, which just decided to let performers play in parks, might be considering kicking them out, as detailed in a recent legal filing. When the city decided to OK entertainers, Department of Parks and Recreation officials said that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Will The City Ban Performers from Parks Again?

    In May, the Department of Parks and Recreation decided that entertainers would be allowed to perform in NYC's green spaces once again -- but court docs filed yesterday suggest that City admins might have changed their mind and might plan on kicking out performers. This seeming reversal comes right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Ban Doesn't Hurt Disabled, Court Says

    More weed news from the West Coast: A federal court in California just ruled 2-1 that cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries -- and that doing so doesn't violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. As detailed by the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco's Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    New York: Come For The Bagels, Stay For The Perfectly Legal Kiddie Porn

    Attention, perverts: if you like kiddie porn, you'll love New York.Probably not the slogan New York State tourism officials were hoping for, but New York has (un)-officially become the Kiddie Porn State thanks to a ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals Tuesday that determined viewing kiddi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Redistricting Round Two: City Council Pushes Forward With New Commission Picks

    The City Council today announced the key figures who will be charged with dividing up the city into new districts based on Census data. It's the next redistricting frontier! The announcement of the Council's appointments comes on the same day that important news broke in the statewide redistrict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Courts Will Stop Selling Information that Landlords Use in 'Tenant Blacklists'

    Some good news today for those of you who pick fights with your landlords, or who are harassed by them for no good reason: New York courts are going to stop selling your names to companies that make it harder for you to secure your next apartment. This policy change in the New York State Unified C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Oral Arguments in Mathieu Lefevre Case This Afternoon

    Six months to the day after Mathieu Lefevre was killed by a truck driver who ran over his bicycle in an East Williamsburg intersection, his family's lawsuit against the NYPD will be argued in New York Supreme Court this afternoon. Judge Peter Moulton has denied a motion to allow Lefevre's mother, E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    NYPD Quietly Revises Its Deadly Force Policy

    The NYPD has quietly revised its Patrol Guide to add a clause that gives officers more leeway in the use of deadly force, despite currently dealing with fallout from a police shooting that left an unarmed teen dead in the Bronx. The revision is based on a 2010 New York Court of Appeals ruling which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Yes, Ladies, You Can Walk Around the City Topless

    via @olidub​Yesterday, we reported that a woman was spotted strolling the Bowery topless. Yes, full-on topless, no bra, no shirt, just boob. Two of them. One photo suggests that the woman was getting a ticket from two cops, but some of you commenters pointed out that this lady had every right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    José Andujar, Obama Condom Salesman, Again Arrested by City

    ​Despite a New York State Supreme Court ruling that "Obama" condoms are protected by the the First Amendment and that condom wrappers, regardless of what they say, "should be treated like books," a/k/a not require a vending license, José Andujar, a Times Square street vendor of Obama-branded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn Granted $1 Million Bail, Indicted by New York Grand Jury

    ​A grand jury indicted ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn on seven counts in New York Supreme Court on Thursday. He was changed with "two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of attempted rape in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    China to Ban Public-Space Smoking in 7 Cities

    ​The anti-smoking ban pioneered in New York have finally caught on in its natural home of Red China, where the totalitarian government has ordered a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces in seven provincial capitals. It's up to the local governments of Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Thomas Spargo -- Bush Campaign Operative Turned NY Judge -- Gets 27 Months in Prison for Bribery, Extortion

    Bush 2000 campaign operative Spargo's career move to the NY Supreme Court bench ends with a prison sentence for extortion, bribery.An upstate New York Supreme Court justice who had been prominent in the Bush 2000 Florida campaign — and who specialized in shaking down attorneys — was sent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    From the SLA: Le Souk Is Le Screwed

    ​On Monday night, Community Board 3 voted to deny a liquor license renewal to Le Souk, and today, the SLA offered unequivocal support of that decision: According to a statement released by the agency, the New York Court of Appeals has ruled to uphold the SLA's decision to revoke the Avenue B r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Tishman Loses Stuy Town Fight; May Have to Pay $200 Million, Default

    When Tishman Speyer Properties took thousands of units in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village -- longtime middle-class bastions on the edge of the hyper-gentrified East Village -- out of regulation and raised rents, tenants sued and a court found that the properties could not be deregulated, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Former NY Supreme Court Judge Convicted of Extortion

    ​A former New York State Supreme Court Justice with ties to the Republican Party was convicted by a federal jury in Albany today of soliciting bribes from an lawyer with cases pending before him. Justice Thomas Spargo, an election law specialist who worked for President George W. Bush during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    NYCLU Sues Homeland Security Over Spying on Citizens

    The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the Department of Homeland Security to find anything it can about the NYPD's plans to build a massive surveillance system in Lower Manhattan. The system will allow the NYPD, and possibly the federal government, to create a computerized database on the mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Ozzy Doc's Defamation Suit Against Post Dismissed

    The New York Post dodged a bullet from Ozzy Osbourne's doctor, David Kipper. Courthouse News Service reports that a judge has dismissed a defamation suit against the Post on the grounds that, in condensing a Los Angeles Times dispatch, the paper inaccurately told readers that Kipper's license had be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Appeals Court Will Hear Stuy Town Dispute (Updated)

    This week, the Second Circuit New York State Court of Appeals agreed to take a look at a case that could have implications for at least 350,000 tenants in New York.The court will examine a recent decision in the ongoing legal battle that pits the tenants of Stuyvesant Town/Cooper Village case agains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Paterson Angers Mayor and Greens, But Shows Gays Some Love

    Governor Paterson's rotten week isn't ending much better than it started. Despite pledging to cut his own salary by 10 percent to show some sensitivity to the battered fortunes of his state, he's still getting beaten up -- Mayor Bloomberg criticized him for reducing the amount of Medicaid money the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Voice Goes to Albany, Where Chief Judge Pick is Knocked

    Politicker NY tells us Elena Sassower of the Center for Judicial Accountability brought a bunch of copies of the Village Voice to today's state senate judiciary committee hearing on the elevation of Jonathan Lippman to chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The cover article by Wayne Barrett ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Cops Illegally Cuffing Kids Under 16?

    New report shows New York police arresting schoolchildren for non-crimes

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Big Gay-Marriage Win for Gov in State Supreme Court

    In May, with a gay-marriage bill stalled in the State Senate, Governor David Paterson directed that same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions be recognized by the State. This effectively gave gay-married couples rights equivalent to those of straight husbands and wives. State Senators Mart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006

    Still No Traction for City in Critical Mass Bike Busts

    Bike activists are boasting of back-to-back court victories this week. On Monday, a New York City judge dismissed charges of parading without a permit for four cyclists arrested during a January 27 Critical Mass ride, reaffirming a previous court ruling that found the parade law unconstitutional. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2006
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    October 12, 2005
  • News

    August 23, 2005

    ‘Times’ Gives Morgenthau a Death Sentence

    Paper backs Snyder over NYC's liberal beacon

  • Specials

    February 8, 2005
  • News

    October 5, 2004

    Bleeding Hearts

    How Guy's guys (and gals) plead his case

  • News

    April 1, 2003

    Dying to Dissent

    Antiwar Protesters Draw Ire From Counterdemonstrators in New York

  • NYC Life

    February 18, 2003
  • News

    October 29, 2002

    The High-Stakes Testing Trap

    Rising Standards, Rising Dropouts

  • News

    April 3, 2001

    Twilo’s Gender Gap

    Dismissed Dancers May Finally Get Their Day in Court

  • News

    January 11, 2000

    Lapse of Luxury

    Court Blasts State as Unfair to Tenants

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