NY State Preparing Large Expansion of DNA For Convicted Criminals

A deal between Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for the expansion of the DNA database in New York for convicted criminals has been reached, which will create a database among the nation’s largest, according to the New York Times. Under current law, DNA samples are only required for less than hal...
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Teacher’s Termination for Posting “Repulsive” Comments to Facebook Overturned

A Manhattan court ruled that a teacher who posted comments to Facebook should not have had her employment terminated, since such a punishment “shocks one’s sense of fairness” and is “inconsistent with the spirit of the First Amendment.” The tenured teacher in this case, Matter of Rubino v....
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California Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Reversed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Proposition 8, the voter-approved referendum banning gay marriage in California, was recently ruled to be unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Proposition 8 was passed in California in 2008 with 52% of the vote. In 2010, Federal District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that preventin...
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Supreme Court: Police must obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to a suspect’s vehicle

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to a suspect’s vehicle.  However, the Court was split 5-4 in its reasoning behind the ruling, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority.  Justice Scalia reasoned ...
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NYPD Officer Arrested for a Federal Civil Rights Violation

“The power to arrest — to deprive a citizen of liberty — must be used fairly, responsibly and without bias.”  Such was part of a statement given by Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York . The public announcement followed the arrest of Officer Mich...
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State Auditors Save NY Taxpayers Millions Each Month in Medicaid Costs

Two New York state auditors in the Medicaid Inspector General’s Office decided to go back to the basics in their search for fraudulent activity. Beneath the complex schemes often investigated, lay the much simpler ones, in this case, patients’ addresses. The discovery revealed that managed care ...
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New Voting Laws Could Leave More than 5 Million Americans Away from the Polls Next Year

Republican state legislators and governors in a number of states have passed various laws this year that stand to have a large impact on voters in 2012. According to a study released this past Sunday by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, some of these recently passed laws will ma...
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Lawsuit involving an improper police search is finally headed to trial after seventeen years

In 1994, New York City police officers, acting on an informant’s tip, obtained a “no-knock” search warrant and forcefully entered the apartment of a mother and her six children in the Bronx.  After seventeen years, a lawsuit filed by the family claiming the search was unlawful will finally be...
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Jury Selection: Peremptory Challenegs vs. Equal Protection Clause

Daniel Osazuwa, a homosexual male, who was born in Nigeria was arrested for assaulting a prison guard while serving time after a bank fraud conviction.  Mr. Osazuwa claimed he was giving the guard a hug, a gesture native to his African traditions, and that the homophobic man overreacted.  At Os...
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