Andrew Keshner

Videoconference Denied, Panel Reverses Paraplegic's Conviction

Andrew Keshner

A First Department panel said Justice Patricia Nunez, despite her "best intentions, failed to reasonably accommodate defendant's medical concerns. In these circumstances, defendant's waiver of the right to be present was not knowing, voluntary, and intelligent."

Surrogate Removes Schlesinger as Receiver of L.I. Foundation

Andrew Keshner

A high-profile Long Island attorney was relieved of his role as receiver of a charitable foundation by a judge who questioned the distributions he made and faulted him for not seeking court approval for disbursements or disclosing relationships with intended beneficiaries.

New Commissioner Named to Oversee Suffolk Juries

Andrew Keshner

Lawrence Voigtsberger, who has served as case management coordinator in Suffolk County Supreme Court since 2009, was appointed jury commissioner on Tuesday. He replaces Michael O'Donohoe, who served as the commissioner for 22 years before retiring earlier this year.

Judge Weighs Consequences of Offense as He Shuns Prison Term

Andrew Keshner

A woman has been spared a prison sentence by Eastern District Judge Frederic Block who reasoned the collateral consequences she will face for her drug smuggling felony was sufficient punishment.

Eastern District Expedited Resolution of Sandy Claims

Andrew Keshner

About a year after Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, a steady flow of insurance cases began pouring into the Eastern District. But only 73 of 1,400 cases remained as of May 23. Attorneys involved said one important reason for the quick resolution was the work done by Magistrate Judges Che

Council Votes to Divert Minor Offenses From Court

Andrew Keshner and Associated Press

The New York City Council passed legislation Wednesday that would reduce penalties for minor offenses such as littering, violation of park rules and public urination.

Mayor's 'Agents of the City' FOIL Exemption Stirs Debate

Andrew Keshner

A state open government watchdog has panned what he called a "ridiculous" determination by the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that certain communications with "agents of the city" who are not employees are exempt from Freedom of Information Law disclosure.

Damages Judgment Clears Way for Arab Bank Appeal

Andrew Keshner

A federal judge entered a $100 million damages award in a terrorism financing case against Arab Bank but paused enforcement, clearing the way for the bank to appeal an underlying liability verdict.

$5M Excessive Force Verdict Against City Is Overturned

Andrew Keshner

The Second Department ruled that a city motion for judgment as a matter of law should have been granted in its entirety, thus precluding a jury from deciding whether police officers used excessive force on a man with a history of mental illness and erratic behavior.

Suit Faults Police Training for Hostage Situations

Associated Press/Andrew Keshner

The family of a Hofstra University student killed in an off-campus police shooting during an armed home invasion has filed a federal suit against Nassau County and numerous police officials.

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