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Monthly Archives: August 2019


New York Finally Decriminalizes Some Recreational Use of Marijuana

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On July 29, New York State decriminalized recreational marijuana use, making possession of small amounts of marijuana punishable with fines rather than prison time as of August 29 of this year. According to Governor Cuomo, the measure also allows for those who have minor marijuana convictions to have their records cleared. This makes New… Read More »


New York Police Department’s Misconduct Lawsuits Reach Sky-High Numbers

By Phillip J. Murphy |

 According to newly-released data, New York City has paid out $40 million in settlements to victims of police misconduct; just in 2019, which reflects a 50 percent increase compared to this time last year. This included such settlements as the one connected to the “Bronx rapist,” an individual who was arrested by the New… Read More »


State Supreme Court Orders Social Media Companies to Turn Private Posts Over to Criminal Defense Team

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In July, the California Supreme Court made a monumental decision that will change criminal defense trials around the country. Specifically, the Court ordered social media companies – including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – to turn over not only public postings, but also private postings from social media accounts to the criminal defense team (as… Read More »


Even with New York’s Criminal Discovery Reform, Some Attorneys May Not Be Able to Make Use of Newly-Accessible Evidence

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many have praised New York’s move to reform the criminal discovery, which includes equalizing access to evidence for criminal defendants. Reforms require prosecutors to exchange evidence to defense attorneys within 15 days of arraignment. Access includes recorded and written statements, tapes, electronic, recordings, any visual reproductions, and other electronically-stored information. In addition, defense teams… Read More »


Decision Not to File Civil Rights Charges Against New York Police Officer Involved in Eric Garner’s Death Sparks Outrage

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Public outcry emerged on July 16 after the Attorney General announced that federal civil rights and criminal charges will not be brought against the New York Police Department officer who caused Eric Garner’s death in 2014 by placing him in a chokehold. Reportedly, Garner repeated the phrase “I can’t breathe” 11 times during his… Read More »


New York Decriminalizes Certain Forms of Sports Betting

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Approximately one year after the US Supreme Court lifted the ban that restricted sports betting, on July 16, New York joined the list of states allowing conditional wagering on sports. This makes New York the ninth state to permit and regulate sports betting after the state game commission approved the relevant regulations. However, making… Read More »


A Closer Look at The Latest Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein & Potential Defenses Here In New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The arrest of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for his alleged sex crimes has dominated news headlines of late. In 2007, Epstein signed an agreement with the US Attorney‘s Office in Florida, which allowed him to plead to lesser charges (state prostitution versus sexual abuse) and avoid going to prison in exchange for spending 13 months;… Read More »

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