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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Resisting Arrest Charges Dismissed in Brooklyn Family Court

On May 7, 2012, the Court in Matter of Victorino W., D-29783-11, dismissed two resisting arrest charges against two female students when it held there was insufficient evidence to show that neither of the two respondents knew they were being arrested.   The first student Victoria W. allegedly push...
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Shooting of Unarmed Teen Renews Debate Over “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Last month in Sanford, Florida, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, sparking outrage and a debate over “Stand Your Ground” laws found in states across the country. Zimmerman was briefly interviewed police and not arrested for the de...
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Convicted Ponzi Schemer Allen Stanford Seeks New Trial Due to Tweets, Fails in Bid

Allen Stanford, who was convicted in early March of masterminding a ponzi scheme that swindled consumers out of $7 billion, lost his bid for a retrial. Stanford contended that at trial, the judge permitted the media to be present during court sessions where the jury was not present and the parties w...
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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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Feds Uncover Healthcare Fraud Schemes in NY, TX Totaling $625 Million

Over thirty-five people have been arrested in and around New York City as part of an investigation into a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid, out of as much as $250 million, according to the New York Times. Those arrested are expected to face c...
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Criminal Charges “Not Appropriate” Against NYPD Commissioner’s Son, Says District Attorney’s Office

Greg Kelly, the son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and a television anchor for Good Day New York, will not be charged with the rape of a 28 year old woman after an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The NYPD elected to have the DA’s office, led by Cyrus Vance, investigate...
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