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- Guest post: Proposed Additions to the NY Penal Code
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- How the Appellate Division reads your brief
- Happy 20th Birthday, SORA, may you die soon.
- A Matter of Gravity
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Category Archives: Criminal law
Since prosecutors’ summations are basically commercials to sell the jury on a guilty verdict, it was only a matter of time before they started using advertising graphics. In People v. Santiago (2014), New York’s top court saw nothing wrong with the People’s … Continue reading
We recently briefed a case where the judge took the bench after the lunch break and announced, “The Court has arrived at a verdict. The verdict is –,” until the parties frantically stopped her. The trial hadn’t finished yet! She … Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new recommendations for photo arrays – when cops show a witness the suspect’s photo along with photos of five other guys and ask which one is the perp. The DOJ thinks it would look … Continue reading
Scene: SORA hearing in front of Judge Dudgeon Bludgeon. ADA Tightskirt: Judge, Mr. Claus should be adjudicated a Level 3 maximum risk sex offender. He’s a recidivist sexually motivated burglar. Santa Claus: (appearing pro se) Nonsense! I’ve never had any trouble … Continue reading
Alex Bunin founded the first and only public defender’s office in Houston, Texas, replacing the traditional folk custom of appointment-by-donation-to-the-judge’s-campaign. Asked in an interview with Simple Justice how he was received by the Jumbo State’s legal establishment, Alex said, “The biggest obstacle … Continue reading
A recent press release from the Brooklyn DA’s Office announced that they’re charging a man with hate crimes for purse snatching and lifting a wallet from a handbag left in a shopping cart in T.J. Maxx Department Store. “We will work … Continue reading
If you ever try to challenge the constitutionality of a statute, the predictable response from the courts is always, “deference to the Legislature.” Why should legislators know what’s constitutional? Based on the flyers we find in our mailbox among … Continue reading