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  • Skelos, Son Charged With Bribery, Extortion

    In the latest federal indictment targeting what authorities say is a pay-to-play culture in Albany, New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos, were arrested Monday on federal public corruption charges alleging bribes and extortion.

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  • Citing Lawyer's 'Extreme' Conduct, Court Orders New Trial

    An injured pedestrian who sued the MTA has been granted a new trial, after the judge found that "defense counsel's conduct was so extreme and pervasive as to make it inconceivable that it did not substantially affect the fairness of the trial."

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  • Sharply Divided Panel Rejects Ineffective Assistance Claim

    The Second Department upheld the conviction of a man who insisted during his trial that he was not the individual seen on grainy surveillance camera recordings in a 2008 Brooklyn murder, but said his trial attorney should have offered an additional justification defense despite his wishes.

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  • Diagnosis at Issue in Sex Offender's Civil Confinement Case

    Though a topic of debate in the medical community, the classification of a sex offender as suffering from an "unspecified paraphilic disorder" has been generally accepted among psychiatric experts and may used to argue for an offender's civil confinement, a Bronx judge has decided.

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  • Food Company Loses Bid to Toss Overtime Pay Dispute

    A food distribution company failed to convince a judge that delivery workers who claim they are owed overtime pay fall within the motor carrier exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime rules.

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  • Developer's $2M Finder's Fee Invalid, Court Determines

    A Manhattan Commercial Division judge invalidated a $2 million finder's fee claimed on the basis of an oral agreement purportedly entered four years prior to the sale of an iconic Pittsburgh office tower.

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  • Deliberations Enter 11th Day in 1979 Case of Missing Boy

    For nine days, the 12 jurors asked to see dozens of exhibits, to have hours and hours of trial transcripts read to them and for access to a computer to organize their thoughts about the murder trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz nearly 36 years ago.

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  • Rules Allow Broader View of Pro Bono

    New procedures allowing New York lawyers to anonymously disclose their pro bono donations are the byproduct of court administrators and the organized bar working together, leaders of both sides said Monday.

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  • Injunction Issued Against AmEx Anti-Steering Rules

    American Express cannot impede merchants from expressing preferences or offering incentives for consumers to use certain cards, a judge decided after already determining the company violated antitrust laws with its anti-steering rules.

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  • Supreme Court Won't Hear Queens DA's Miranda Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand lower court rulings that said officials could not preface Miranda warnings about the right to remain silent by telling suspects they have one chance before arraignment to provide information to help their cases.

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