After nearly a month, the trial of Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan is expected to end today, May 5. McMillan is accused of deliberately elbowing police officer Grantley Bovell in the eye during a six month anniversary Occupy demonstration on March 17, 2012. On Friday, the jury heard clos ... More >>
Representative Michael Grimm surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning on 20 -- count 'em! -- federal charges, including "five counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, one count of conspiring to defraud the ... 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 >>
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 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 >>
A year and a half after the fences first went up around Chase Manhattan Plaza, new court filings show the fight over public access to the space is still heated. We've written extensively about the fight over the fences, which were first erected the day before Occupy Wall Street protesters first gat ... More >>
"The case of William Lopez began twenty-three years ago. It was rotten from day one." So begins U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis' epic 95-page dissection of the justice system's failures in wrongly arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning Lopez for the 1989 murder of a drug dealer in a crack hou ... 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 >>
The Upper West Side nanny accused of brutally stabbing two children in her care has been formally indicted on first-degree murder charges -- a charge reserved for the state's most heinous criminals, including those who murder cops and judges.In addition to the two first-degree murder charges, 50-yea ... More >>
The question being argued in federal court in Lower Manhattan yesterday boiled down to this: Is a law authorizing the indefinite military detention of American citizens with only the barest recourse to civil courts constitutional? The lawsuit against the Obama administration was filed in January by ... More >>
The New York Police Department has linked the 1989 decapitation murder of a pregnant Manhattan woman to Philip Ward, the father of two of the victim's children, who currently is a guest of the state doing a life sentence for rape and murder convictions.According to the Manhattan District Attorney ... More >>
The NYPD took over school safety in 1998, and the New York Civil Liberties Union claims that cops have since abused their position, using their role to stop-and-frisk students. Today, the NYCLU released what's said to be the first study chronicling student arrest and summons data, and resul ... More >>
There's really no way any of this should be legal.The Food Network is finally doing what we've long dreamed of doing ourselves: it's suing Guy Fieri.
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 >>
The Bronx District Attorney's office tells us that David Johnson, a former aide to Gov. Paterson, is going to be arraigned later today in Bronx criminal court on charges stemming from an alleged domestic incident last October with an ex-girlfriend, identified as Sherr-una Booker. Johnson (pi ... More >>
Four former workers are accusing Brother Jimmy's of being one mean mother, filing a class action lawsuit against the owners of the barbecue chain over allegations of unfair labor practices.
When will New Yorkers see past Kelly's personal charm and notice his thuggish methods?
Famed New Orleans chef and cook book author Susan Spicer has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean, Ltd. Entered in New Orleans Federal Court, the suit asks for both compensatory and punitive damages - as yet unspecified -- for the harm that has r ... More >>
The largest landowner threatened by Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion has filed a suit against the school and city, alleging that the environmental review process for the expansion was insufficient. The process may have even ignored the risk for potential biohazard threats to the West Harlem com ... More >>
Prosecutors' 'acting-in-concert' theory in chaotic shooting of Sean Bell misses the mark, observers say
Ah, the magical irony that is Google. The indispensible Internet thingy’s second largest business operation is Adsense, an advertising revenue-sharing arrangement with thousands of bloggers and online news outlets, in which Google’s algorithms scan online content and match it with relevant ads ... More >>
Mob mistress Linda Schiro told one murder tale the same way to everyone. Despite the holes in her story.
These are the extracts of tape recordings of interviews of Linda Schiro by Voice reporter Tom Robbins and mob writer Jerry Capeci back in March of 1997 that caused the Brooklyn District Attorney's office today to dismiss murder charges against former FBI agent R. Lindley DeVecchio. Tape 1: Schiro d ... More >>
Rewind: The story behind my story of the FBI murder case
If the allegations against him prove true, then Umesh Ramjattan is a teacher whose creepiness is only exceeded by his stupidity. Ramjattan, an English teacher at MS 137 in Ozone Park, gave his students his email address for homework help and questions, Queens DA Richard Brown said. But the 22-year ... More >>
A witness for the prosecution of an ex-FBI agent once told a different story
Photo by ThreeCee via Flickr A handful of Brooklyn property owners and longterm renters who are trying to stop developer Bruce Ratner from using eminent domain to take their property will have what could be their final shot in court on Tuesday. Beloved Dean Street watering hole, Freddy's Bar and B ... More >>
In a notorious murder case, Rohan Bolt is doing the time. Did someone else do the crime?
In addition to food fights between the ROC-NY activists and restaurants, some of the activists are throwing rocks at each other
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 disbarredfor obnoxious behavior.
Accused of sexually abusing young boys, a Brooklyn rabbi lit for Israel 22 years ago. Now one alleged victim wants him brought back for trial.
Sick of being lied to by the EPA, 9-11 plaintiffs use the courts to force the answers they seek
The 13-year struggle of targets in a racial dragnet reveals the elusive nature of justice
How one young woman's delusions cost her years of freedom
Prosecutors backing off on hate crime charge in beating of Queens Satanist
Charles Schwarz Has the Edge
The Wrong Charges, the Right Decision
The First Trial Judge Was Over His Head
Equal Protection for Whom?
In Murder Cases, Being Gay Can Seal a Defendants Fate
After the Latest Police Killing of Another Unarmed Black Man, The Feds Need Little Convincing to Intervene in New York
Al Sharpton Privately Accused Robert Johnson of... "Throwing the Diallo Case"
Pushcart James Says He Saw a Man Beat a Prostitute Named Pork Chop. Pushcart Is a Dope Fiend. The Alleged John Is a Policeman.
Grand Jury Probes Brooklyn State Supreme Court
Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry
Chelsea candidate Chris Lynn's suspect pals
'We were a family. Then all of a sudden, there's nobody left.'