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Ruling Imputing Income to Part-Time NY Lawyer Upheld

By Jason Grant |

A Manhattan judge properly imputed income in a divorce to an Ivy League-educated wife who stopped full-time lawyering in 1999, since she maintained her law license, engaged in professional activities and did consulting work, an appeals court has ruled.

Martin Tankleff

Tankleff's Suit Over Murder Convictions Gets Green Light

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Martin Tankleff, who spent 17 years in prison before his conviction for his parents' murders was overturned and his charges were dismissed, is headed to court with his lawsuit against Suffolk County alleging police officers and county officials violated his constitutional rights.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board handles complaints about alleged excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of police authority, discourtesy and offensive language.

Tennis Star Trades Right to Sue NYC for Legal Fellowship

Retired professional tennis player James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.

Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Bharara May Address Trump Rift in His Upcoming Book

By Andrew Denney |

Preet Bharara may address the circumstances surrounding his March ouster as Southern District U.S. attorney, as well as the loftier topics of "integrity, leadership, decision making, and moral reasoning" in an as-yet-unnamed book set to be released in early 2019.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi in December

Charges in Chelsea Bombing Case Allowed to Proceed

Southern District Judge Richard Berman will not throw out charges that could result in a mandatory life prison sentence for a man accused of plotting bomb attacks in New Jersey and New York that injured 30 people.

Kenneth Feinberg

Feinberg to Co-Administer Fund for Diocese Victims

By Andrew Denney |

Settlement specialists Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, known for their work on relief funds for victims of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks and other calamities, will administer a compensation fund for victims of sexual abuse by priests and deacons in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

New York State Capitol in Albany

State Senate Approves Parole Board Nominees

By Josefa Velasquez |

The Republican-led state Senate approved several of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nominees to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's Board of Parole on Wednesday.

City Hall

Board Schedules Hearing on Interim Civil Court Judges

The Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on June 30 to receive information regarding Mayor Bill de Blasio's nominees for appointment to Family Court and Interim Civil Court. The nominees are Melody Glover, Elenor C. Reid and Christopher Robles.

Town Court of Rossie

Mishandled Reports, Funds Prompts Judge to Resign

By Rebecca Baker |

A former upstate Town Court justice accused of mishandling court funds and records has agreed never to seek or accept judicial office, the Commission on Judicial Conduct said Thursday.

Preet Bharara, former Southern District U.S. Attorney, speaks to a standing room only crowd at Cooper Union on April 6, his first public appearance since his termination by President Donald Trump.

Bharara Lands Book Deal for Undisclosed Sum

Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that former Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was working on a book about the "search for justice" that would come out early in 2019.

Village Justice Convicted of Felony Agrees to Resign

By Rebecca Baker |

A former village justice in Rockland County who was appointed to the bench last year despite his 1978 felony conviction has agreed to resign, the Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Wednesday.