Category: New York City

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

High Court Hears Challenge to New York City Gun Transport Law

For the first time in nearly a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court on December 2 heard arguments on Second Amendment issues. In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association and three New York City residents challenge regulations city police adopted banning licensed […]

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Upstate County Criminalizes Behavior to “Annoy” the Police

Being annoying won’t do much to advance your popularity or social life, but in one upstate county, New Yorkers might go to jail for being annoying — if a person they’re annoying is working for the police force or other public safety organization. Jailtime for Individuals Who Annoy Police Officers? In Monroe County, which includes […]

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New York Governor Will Try Again to Legalize Adult Pot Use

Although failing to make good last year on his plan to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana (or, as the New York penal code has it, “marihuana”), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has renewed his intention to make that a priority part of his wide-ranging 2020 agenda, which is dubbed “Making Progress Happen.” In his annual […]

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NYC “Anti-Gang” Raids Swept Up Many Youth Not in Gangs

A little over three years ago, a large-scale raid by hundreds of New York City police and numerous members of federal law enforcement agencies swept through a North Bronx neighborhood’s homes and a housing project in the early morning hours of April 26. Backed by armored vehicles and helicopters, SWAT teams and over 700 New […]

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New York DAs List Cops Who May Be Problematic Witnesses

UPDATE: In November 2019, the Brooklyn DA publicly releases a part of the NYPD do not call list which includes 54 allegedly unreliable cops with questionable credibility. Prosecutors in four New York boroughs are already using still-secret databases they have compiled of police force members who may have problems being believed if they testify as […]

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Academics, Defense Lawyers Find Fault with NYC Gang Database

UPDATE: A New York City Council bill that will require the NYPD to notify minors who are suspected to be gang members and tagged to be included in the NYPD Gang Database was re-introduced for another round of hearings last July 23, 2019. The proposed legislation will allow minors an opportunity to contest said designation […]

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New York City Council Would Limit Pre-Hire Cannabis Tests

The New York City Council has passed two bills that, if signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would cut back on testing for marijuana use persons seeking employment, parole or probation, becoming the content for the New York City Drug Testing Law. One measure (Intro. No. 1445), approved on April 9, would forbid most New […]

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New York Gangs Diversify into Credit Card Fraud, Related Crimes

When I first started practicing criminal defense law, using violence might have been enough to qualify someone for membership in most criminal gangs. But these days, many gangs have discovered more sophisticated tools can have as much a place as mere raw mayhem in their plans. One prominent case in point: credit card fraud. It’s […]

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New York City and State Restrictions on Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

On June 29, at a signing ceremony in City Hall, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio hailed a new City Council law, the “Fair Chance Act,” as a way to require city-based employers with four or more workers to take into account job applicants’ qualifications, rather than to screen them out early in the hiring […]

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Total Costs for Local Jails Are Seriously Understated, New Study Says

What does it cost taxpayers to run a local jail? Unless your hobby is studying local government budgets, you probably have little or no idea what the actual figure might be, but you no doubt believe it ought to be a statistic easy to look up, right? But, says a recent report from a non-profit […]

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