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Nassau County District Attorney’s Office Bans Prosecutors From Applying For Gun Permits or Possessing a Weapon

So Long Island, New York what do you think?  Should Nassau County prosecutors be banned from applying for gun permits even if the weapon is intended for home protection only?  The Nassau County DA’s office seems to think its policy is constitutional, as its bans prosecutors from owning or posses...
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Supreme Court holds Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held today that for-profit closely held companies do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives (including four methods that may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its a...
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New York’s Same Sex Marriage Law Stands | Marriage Equality Act

New York’s highest court has dismissed a case challenging the administrative procedures that allows allow gay men and women to marry in New York State.  The Marriage Equality Act was challenged on the basis that the NYS Senate violated New York’s Open Meetings Law because it held closed-door me...
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US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Finds Possession of Child Pornography in Temporary Internet Files

The 2nd Circuit held that a defendant does not have to save Internet files containing child pornography to his hard drive to be criminally liable.    The decision comes on the heels of the May 8th New York Court of Appeals decision which held that viewers of free online pornography are not breaki...
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Tweets in the Malcom Harris matter are Subject to Manhattan DA’s Subpoena

Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. held in People v. Harris, 2011NY080152 that Twitter Inc. must produce tweets and user information in Wall Street protester case.  The Judge reasoned that the defendant lacked standing, at the time, to quash the subpoena, as the defendant had “no propriet...
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Pro Bono Requirements for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is planning to require future New York attorneys to perform 50 hours of pro bono service before being admitted to practice law in New York.   Pro bono is a Latin phrase generally used to describe professional work undertaken without payment or at a reduced fee, as a pu...
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Class Certified in NYPD Stop and Frisk Program

Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled “overwhelming evidence” exists that the NYPD is running a centralized “stop-and-frisk” program that has led to thousands of unlawful stops and arrests.   As a result the federal judge certified a 2008 class action lawsuit that challenges the NYPD “stop and fr...
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