An Orange County judge has held New York state's Board of Parole in contempt for failing to abide by an order to give an explanation for denying parole to a convicted murderer "that did not simply restate the usual and predictable language with no specificity or other explanation to justify parole denial."
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Ross Ulbricht was sent to prison for life Friday for running a dark channel website with a thriving narcotics trade using the virtual currency bitcoin. The judge dismissed his tearful plea for mercy, denying every suggestion that he formed the Silk Road website for philosophical or ideological reasons.
Carol Sigmond, a solo practioner who focuses on construction law, came to the presidency of the New York County Lawyers' Association Thursday night with an ambitious to-do list to address both internal changes at the association and external issues affecting the justice system.
Sanctions for bringing a frivolous summary judgment motion that was unsupported by admissible evidence were unanimously affirmed last week by the First Department in a long-running case stemming from allegations of fraud in the 2007 sale of a Swiss-based antique watch auction house.
A federal appeals court has ruled that drug manufacturer Actavis' attempted switch of patented Alzheimer's medication, which halted distribution of the old drug before its patent expires this summer, violates U.S. antitrust law.
Brief bios of new bar association presidents, along with their goals for their upcoming terms.
A New York City man whose first name is "God" has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate.
TheNew York Tax Appeals Tribunal said that interbranch transactions by Italian bank UniCredit S.p.A. are not income subject to state taxation because they were established and operated separately from their parent corporation and kept separate books and records.
Andrew "Buddy" Donohue, a top lawyer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., will serve as the SEC's next chief of staff, replacing Lona Nallengara. Donohue, an SEC veteran, headed the Division of Investment Management from May 2006 to November 2010, helping to develop regulations governing the $39 trillion asset management industry.
Southern District Judge Denise Cote's refusal to remove a compliance monitor Apple Inc. claims has overstepped his bounds while the company appeals an injunction in an ebooks antitrust case has been upheld by a federal appeals court.
Prosecutors in the criminal trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf's three top executives hit their stride for the first time Thursday in questioning a well-liked retired partner and former executive committee member.
"Not one day goes by that I don't remember his beautiful face," former pharmaceutical executive Gigi Jordan said in remarks before her sentencing. But the trial judge said that she has not shown any regret in the years since her autistic son's death.
The unprecedented shakeups in the leadership of the Assembly and Senate have made somewhat bleak the prospect of moving significant reform measures through the Legislature before it ends its 2015 session on June 17. But advocates say they will continue to press for passage of bills that affect criminal justice, rent regulation, ethics and court administration.
Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan agreed to throw out a lawsuit over recent Department of Education rulemaking related to so-called gainful employment requirements in the laws that govern federal financial aid.
A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university lab told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to imprisonment, slavery and the involuntary detention of mentally ill people.
Brief bios of new bar association presidents, along with their goals for their upcoming terms.
Screening committees appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo are reviewing applications for the two presiding justice positions that will open on Dec. 31 with the mandatory retirements of Luis Gonzalez in the First Department and Henry Scudder in the Fourth Department.
Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam were formally indicted Thursday on federal public corruption charges alleging a pay-to-play scheme that included bribery and extortion.
Consolidated Edison has been ordered to pay a fine and back pay and to reinstate the job of a $125,000-a-year electrical worker the state Division of Human Rights found was dismissed illegally because of an injury.
Judge Laura Taylor Swain sentenced an accountant who certified fake financial records hiding Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme to one year of home detention, a light punishment he received by becoming a key cooperator.
A father who snatched his newborn daughter from her mother and then began a three-hour trip home with an empty bottle and the child wrapped in a baby blanket did not neglect the child in the eyes of the law, a Brooklyn appellate court found.
The New York City Bar on Tuesday presented its Kathryn A. McDonald Award for excellence in service to the New York City Family Court.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is promoting a fixed end for the sentences of some 200 felonies, acting on the proposal of a commission that said a "fully determinate" sentencing plan would make the state's criminal justice system more transparent.
Dewey & LeBoeuf's former chief financial officer, Joel Sanders, may have referred in emails to the firm's "fake income" and requested a "clueless auditor" as the firm was struggling to remain profitable, but that is not evidence of fraud, his lawyer Andrew Frisch told a jury.
A judge found that federal forfeiture laws trump restraints on the alienation of public pensions in the state Constitution in a lawsuit brought by former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, convicted for using nonprofits he controlled to siphon off money to his girlfriend and friends and relatives.
In addition to ordering a German promotional company to pay the remainder of a purse it owed heavyweight Fres Oquendo for a 12-round "surreal" slugfest, the judge blocked the company from promoting any match for his opponent Ruslan Chagaev for 18 months, or until the company schedules a rematch.
The leaders of soccer federations corrupted the sport for nearly a quarter century by taking $150 million in bribes and payoffs, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday as they laid out a sweeping case involving 14 people and marquee events as the World Cup.
New York state has lost its bid to defeat a suit that claimed the distribution of education aid to charter schools violates students' constitutional right to properly funded schooling.
Southern District Judge Laura Taylor Swain sentenced a longtime trader for Bernard L. Madoff Securities LLC Wednesday to 10 months of home confinement after his testimony helped convict five former coworkers for their roles in history's largest Ponzi scheme.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will submit broad and detailed legislation aimed at ending public corruption in Albany, which he said lawmakers need to enact during a year when two leaders were arrested on federal charges.
A federal judge is steering clear of a Cayuga Indian tribe's dispute with an upstate municipality over its attempt to enforce an anti-gambling statute, ruling that the faction of Cayugas bringing the suit has not established standing under the U.S. Constitution.
Four firms announce new additions, while Mintz Levin has promoted an attorney to member of the firm.
Jurors on Tuesday heard radically different characterizations of the alleged roles of three former executives who are facing criminal fraud charges in the 2012 collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin has rejected class status for damages sought by consumers challenging the exclusivity of regional sports networks airing MLB and NHL games. But she certified a class seeking injunctive relief for baseball and hockey fans who say antitrust laws are being violated.
The New York City Housing Authority failed to convince an appellate court that a trial judge had "shamelessly distorted" an administrative hearing record in a "vociferous effort to undermine NYCHA policy."
State court administrators have issued proposed rules to clarify that criminal court judges, including those in town and village courts, can transfer criminal cases to one of the specialty "problem-solving" courts in their counties.
Unusually explicit comments by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who said that if elected they would nominate to the high court individuals who are committed to overturning 'Citizens United,' have resurrected the debate over the propriety of establishing "litmus tests" for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.
Tobacco companies, prosecuted under federal racketeering laws, will not have to publicly advertise a judge's conclusion that they "deliberately deceived" consumers about the health risks of smoking, the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday, although they will have to make certain disclosures about the addictiveness of their products.
A New York attorney received 18 months in prison Tuesday from a federal judge in New Jersey for what authorities said was the effort he led to manipulate the prices of two stocks by creating phony trades and other fraudulent methods.
A $2.15 million settlement has been reached between the state and the family of a 33-year-old autistic man, Rasheen Rose, who died in 2012 while in a state-run institution in Queens.
Organizations and officials trying to have the Eric Garner grand jury materials unsealed have failed to show their "particularized and compelling need" for the records, Staten Island prosecutors said Tuesday in appellate court papers.
Whether New York's ban on possessing nunchucks violates a Port Jefferson attorney's Second Amendment rights is a question for trial, a federal judge ruled.
The First Department said New York City's Board of Collective Bargaining was acting within its discretion when it held public employee unions have the right to obtain discovery materials in disciplinary proceedings.
Fourteen months after their indictment and two years after their firm failed, three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders will face a jury before Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz Tuesday morning.
A federal appeals court has rejected a drug manufacturer's appeal and affirmed a judge's order that Actavis PLC keep distributing its widely used Alzheimer's medication until after its patent expires this summer.
Approximately 128 applicants for the bar will be interviewed May 26 by the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department. The names of the candidates will appear in Court Notes in tomorrow's Law Journal.
New York's Department of Motor Vehicles acted reasonably and within its authority when it refused to issue a "Choose Life" license plate because it feared being seen as taking sides in the volatile abortion debate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.
In a dispute over a long-held family farm, a judge has refused to construe state laws on court-ordered property sales to permit the sale of development rights.
A police officer's claim that he acted reasonably when he searched the wrong man because the man resembled a robbery suspect has been rejected by a federal appeals court.
In the elite world of multibillion-dollar Wall Street banks, the U.S. Department of Labor rarely looms large. That changed this week. The agency will play a key role in determining whether five megabanks that pleaded guilty to criminal charges can effectively participate in the $7 trillion pension fund market.
The Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island presented its William J. Gitelman Award to Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas Adams, center, at the group’s annual dinner dance on Wednesday at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park
Benjamin Lawsky, the state's top financial regulator who collected billions of dollars in penalties and fees from Wall Street giants, announced Wednesday that he will step down.
A Brooklyn prosecutor has disputed allegations of wrongdoing in opposing a man's effort to vacate his 2005 murder conviction.
Liability for a worker's injuries under the state's so-called Scaffold Law does not extend, as a general rule, to tree cutting and removal jobs, a state appeals court has affirmed.
An attorney has been sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison and will forfeit her law license for her role in what authorities said was a years-long scheme to defraud home buyers and institutional lenders in the Syracuse area.
Judges are not under an affirmative obligation to consider whether defendants should receive indeterminate sentences for crimes they maintain were committed in response to physical, sexual or psychological abuse, an upstate appellate court ruled Thursday.