News in Brief

Lawyer Arrested for Role in Gun License Scheme

A Manhattan attorney who once worked as a prosecutor and three former NYPD officers were arrested Tuesday in a federal gun licensing probe described by authorities as a scam in which police employees traded speedy handling of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs.

Sergey Aleynikov, left, and his attorney Kevin Marino exit Manhattan Supreme Court in May 2016.

State's Highest Court Agrees to Hear Appeal of Goldman Sachs Coder

By Joel Stashenko |

New York's highest court will hear an appeal of a lower court's reinstatement of the conviction of former Goldman Sachs & Co. computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov for allegedly stealing the investment bank's source code.

The Appellate Division, Second Department, at 45 Monroe Place, Brooklyn

Ex-Brooklyn Bar President Resigns Amid Conduct Probe

By Jeff Storey |

The Second Department said Gregory Hesterberg had acknowledged that he could not defend himself against allegations that included "misapplication of escrow funds and failure to account." The court accepted his resignation and disbarred him.

Global Securities VP Accused of Insider Trading

By B. Colby Hamilton |

A vice president for the global securities firm Nomura was accused Monday of insider trading for allegedly netting himself $48,000 in profits by trading on securities for a Virginia-based technology company ahead of its acquisition.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform

Supreme Court Asked to Umpire 'Who's on First' Dispute

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Abbott and Costello heirs make a pitch for their copyright case over an unlicensed use in the Broadway play "Hand to God."

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial

Dewey Leaders Won't Testify, Call Witnesses as Retrial Nears End

By Scott Flaherty |

In the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case, counsel for former firm executives Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine said Monday that they would proceed to summations without putting either defendant on the stand or calling their own witnesses.

Occupy Wall Street protesters are arrested in Zuccotti Park in 2011.

Court Declines NYC's Bid to Withhold Occupy Reports

By Mark Hamblett |

A federal judge has refused to set aside an order requiring New York City to turn over online police booking data and other information sought by plaintiffs suing over the arrest of Occupy Wall Street protestors in lower Manhattan in March 2012.

Rikers Island jail complex

Judge Says NYC Security Check Resulted in Civilian's Unfair Dismissal

By Joel Stashenko |

A civilian employee was unfairly banned from Rikers Island after eight years as a substance abuse counselor based on an illegal review of his past criminal record, a judge has ruled.

Acting Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez

Brooklyn DA Aiming to Limit Immigration Impact for Low-Level Offenders

By Andrew Denney |

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is enacting a new policy to limit immigration consequences for defendants it prosecutes for low-level offenses.

Disbarred SI Lawyer Sentenced Up to 22 Years for Theft

By Andrew Denney |

A disbarred Staten Island attorney who previously served time for larceny is going back to prison for up to 22 years for running real estate schemes in which he stole more than $1 million while posing as a practicing attorney.

Sol Greenberg

Long-Time Albany County DA Greenberg Is Dead

By Joel Stashenko |

Sol Greenberg, who became one of the longest-serving district attorneys in New York during his 25 years as chief prosecutor in Albany County, has died.

Judge Calabresi

Federal Judge Angrily Scolds Westchester in Housing Case

Judge Guido Calabresi accused the county of "consistent evasion" to delay fulfilling its obligations to build affordable housing that can be marketed to nonwhites at a hearing on Friday.

Albany Law School

Albany Law to Honor Former Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

By Joel Stashenko |

Albany Law School will honor Thomas Vilsack, the former Iowa governor and U.S. agriculture secretary, with the top award it gives annually to an alumnus.

On the Move

Kwaku Andoh has joined Cohen & Gresser as a partner from JPMorgan Chase; Michael O'Brien has moved to Vedder Price from Sidley Austin; Her Justice has named Hamra Ahmad as its new director of legal services; and more moves and announcements.