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Monthly Archives: March 2019

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One New Jersey Town Proposes To Criminalize Having A Barking Dog?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to news reports, the issue of barking dogs may soon turn into a crime here in New Jersey. The ordinance—introduced in Saddle River—states that any dog that annoys neighbors or others by continuously barking for more than 20 minutes between 7am and 10pm or 15 minutes between 10pm and 7am could result in… Read More »

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Database Of Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits Against NYPD Officers Released To The Public

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On March 6, a new database referred to as “CAPstat” documenting all federal civil rights lawsuits that have been filed in the Eastern or Southern Districts of New York against the New York City police (NYPD) was released to the public, providing a much-needed new tool to citizens and their attorneys to gather the… Read More »

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New York Has a Unique Opportunity to Enact Criminal Justice Reform

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enact a number of criminal justice reforms during the month of March; reforms that include ending the unfair system of cash bail, mandating that those charged with most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies be released;  and requiring prosecutors to share evidence with the defense early on in a… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Poised To Rule In Favor Of Criminal Defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Haymond, which addresses our constitutional right to a jury trial under the Sixth Amendment. The case involves the ability for judges to imprison sex offenders without first providing them with the right to a jury trial; specifically, the case before… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Places Limits on Seizing Property Supposedly Used In the Commission of a Crime

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling limiting police powers to seize private property in the practice known as civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture has historically been used by state law enforcement to seize any and all property—cash, cars, homes, etc.—that they deem could have been used in the commission of… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Expresses Interest in Addressing New Jersey Laws Criminalizing Certain Gun Activities

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Last year, New Jersey took a number of measures to implement some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws, criminalizing a broad array of activities involving guns, such as making it illegal for residents to have a carry permit unless they first demonstrated a “justifiable need”; amongst other activities. Now, a number of gun… Read More »

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As Religious Attacks Increase In New York, More and More Are Considered Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The act of a New York synagogue being vandalized on February 16 is officially being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Division as a hate crime. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, violence committed against Jewish groups is on the rise throughout the state, and there have been close to 50 of these crimes… Read More »

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As New Jersey Gets Close To Legalizing Marijuana, Let’s Look At What Expungement Involves

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve discussed the potential legalization of marijuana in New Jersey before, and the state may, at last, be very close to legalizing it, however, the governor has also promised to expunge previous marijuana-related convictions. Still, that process may be easier said than done; as New Jersey’s expungement process is incredibly complex. There is no… Read More »

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