Tag Archives: NY Court of Appeals

“Thrusting counsel upon the accused against his considered wish”

The Constitution forbids “thrust[ing] counsel upon the accused against his considered wish.”  — Faretta v. California (US 1975). The right to self-representation embodies one of the most cherished ideals of our culture: the right of an individual to determine his own … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals to Squawk: Drop Dead

Sigh. Another drop-dead letter from the NY Court of Appeals, the second one this week.  The first denied leave to appeal where our client got 107 years after a trial that he spent mostly down in the courthouse pens because … Continue reading

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JUDGE WOOL TAPPED FOR HIGH COURT CHIEF, VOWS REVERSAL QUOTAS

The Governor stunned friend and foe alike today by announcing an unprecedented about-face in his pick for Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, ditching former nominee Suburbia County District Attorney Flowerpot and giving the nod to Judge Wool. “Judge … Continue reading

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Videotaping Interrogations: The Court of Appeals Blows It

  Ten years ago the Massachusetts high court, fed up with hearing “repeated pronouncements” about the fabulous benefits of recording police interrogations, decided to do something about it. Commonwealth v. DiGiambattista (2004).  Cops don’t record interrogations? Fine. But if the … Continue reading

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The Court of Appeals gets righteous

The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), like the Emperor’s New Clothes, is nonsense perpetrated in the name of superior wisdom. It creates a permanent underclass of “sex offenders,” defined as anyone convicted of an offense from a list that includes … Continue reading

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Cop gets booboo, client gets 5 years (addendum)

We’ve just lost another appeal where the cops, confronted with an argumentative citizen, immediately resorted to the persuasive power of fists and handcuffs. When they got back into their patrol car emblazoned “Professionalism Courtesy Respect,” they’d sustained booboos to their knuckles. … Continue reading

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The immortal NY Court of Appeals

Judges, like boxers, are loath to give up the adulation that comes with the job, not to mention the pleasure of reducing others to a pulp.  Recently Judge Smith of the Albany Supremes came out with an Op Ed piece  in the … Continue reading

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