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Monthly Archives: May 2019


Will New York Make It Illegal to Walk & Use Cell Phone at The Same Time?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York state lawmakers are considering passing legislation that would make it a crime to text and walk at the same time in New York. Specifically, the bill would make it illegal for people to cross the street while looking at (“viewing”) their “portable electronic devices”; even though there is no real evidence indicating… Read More »


New Jersey Finalizes New Criminal Penalties for A Number of Crimes Committed Against Animals

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In mid-May, new jersey governor Phil Murphy signed several bills into law that impose new and additional criminal penalties for crimes committed against animals in New Jersey. These laws involve a number of issues, ranging from outdoor shelter, tethering restrictions, animal seized from dogfighting activities, and the ability for law-enforcement to intervene in order… Read More »


U.S. Defense Department Announces That It Will Make Sexual Harassment a Crime

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 2, the Defense Department announced that it will now make sexual harassment a criminal offense in an effort to stop the scourge of sexual assault and abuse that has been reported within the department. Department of Defense Definitions In the military,sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual approaches directed towards a coworker… Read More »

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New Study Indicates That New York Is A Hotbed for Illegal Gambling & Arrests

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to a new study, New Yorkers make more illegal bets than individuals in any other state, making New York number one for illegal gambling operations. New York was also ranked 12th for people arrested over illegal gambling operations. The Law in New York New York law declares gambling to occur when someone engages… Read More »


“Blame My Brain”: Criminal Defendant’s Trial Involving Genetic Mutation to Explain Crime Could Set Groundbreaking Precedent

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A criminal case currently in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court could accelerate an important trend in the criminal justice system of using behavioral genetics and other neuroscience to try to explain why people break the law and raise questions as to the severity of their punishment. The defendant– Anthony Blas Yepez—is on… Read More »


New York Judge Closes Weinstein Hearing to Media & Public, Citing Concerns Over Defendant’s Right to a Fair Trial

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In late April, New York State Supreme Court Justice James Burke made an important decision concerning allowing highly inflammatory evidence into Harvey Weinstein‘s criminal trial. Specifically, Judge Burke found that allowing in the evidence that prosecutors wanted in the form of a trial open to the public and media would place Weinstein’s Sixth Amendment… Read More »


New York Blocks Ability for Federal Officials to Arrest Immigrants in State Courthouses Without Warrants

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a huge win for immigrants and their families, on April 17, the New York State Office of Court Administration issued new rules which block the ability of federal immigration officials (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or “ICE”) to arrest immigrants in New York state courthouses without federal judicial warrants. The rules have a… Read More »


Understanding The Federal Crimes Addressed in The Mueller Report

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The Mueller report was released to the public on April 18, and left a number of Americans completely baffled as to whether the President and those who worked on his campaign committed any federal crimes, including obstruction of justice. Below, we discuss some of the federal crimes and potential charges addressed in the report:… Read More »


Criminal Justice Legislation Affecting Guilty Pleas & Wrongful Convictions Finally Passed In New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York just passed a criminal justice reform package that many are calling “the most important development in the criminal justice system in the last 40 years.” The law requires prosecutors to share evidence that they have collected against criminal defendants within 15 days of the defendant being arraigned. This is expected to significantly… Read More »

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