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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces That NYPD Will No Longer Be Aggressively Enforcing Social Distancing & Other Public Health Directives

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the New York Police Department (NYPD) would no longer be arresting or ticketing people for failing to wear facemasks or social distance when they are gathered in small groups. The department has been scrutinized for increasing low-level arrests in poor neighborhoods during the pandemic and… Read More »


Former New York Prosecutors Predict a Number of White Collar Criminal Prosecutions During & After COVID-19, Although Delays Are Expected

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to a number of former New York prosecutors, a surge of white-collar criminal prosecutions stemming from the disruptions brought to the market by the coronavirus are expected and will likely mirror those that followed the financial crisis of 2008. Yet while a number of related investigations are already underway, the entire prosecution process–including… Read More »


The Supreme Court Throws Out New Jersey “Bridgegate” Convictions

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In May, the US Supreme Court threw out the convictions for those involved in New Jersey ‘s “Bridgegate” scandal, which involved former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aids purposely creating traffic on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an effort to create problems for one of the governor’s political opponents; a move that… Read More »


In Ruling That the Sixth Amendment Requires a Unanimous Jury Verdict in State & Federal Criminal Trials, The Supreme Court Opens the Door to More Questions

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The US Supreme Court recently reversed one of its previous decisions in finding that individuals have the right to a unanimous jury decision when it comes to serious criminal convictions under the Sixth Amendment in both state and federal criminal trials in Ramos v. Louisiana. Specifically, the majority opinion reasoned that the Sixth Amendment… Read More »


New York & Federal Government Threaten Criminal Charges in Conjunction with COVID-19 That Are Legally Questionable

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In continuance of a number of new criminal charges and prosecutions that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic, in May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that nursing homes in New York would be criminally prosecuted for fraud under the False Claims Act if they fail to report death numbers due to the virus…. Read More »


New York Appeals Court Effectively Rules That Individuals Cannot Be Prosecuted for What They Post On Social Media

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In April, a New York appeals court made an important decision reversing a conviction of the crime of falsely reporting an incident in third degree based on First Amendment free-speech rights. In doing so, the court effectively ruled that the state’s law on false reporting of crimes cannot be used to prosecute individuals for… Read More »


Racial Profiling & Arresting African Americans for Wearing Legally-Required Virus Masks

By Phillip J. Murphy |

There is no question that there are a number of strange circumstances surrounding coronavirus-related criminal charges appearing in our everyday lives, with some police officers now also reportedly targeting and arresting African-American men simply for wearing masks, a measure that was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order for every citizen… Read More »


The First Amendment Could Soon Be On Trial Before the U.S. Supreme Court

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The US Supreme Court is currently considering a petition to review a case that is of vital importance to preserving our First Amendment rights: The case – McKesson v. Doe – involves a protest organizer who is being sued by a police officer who was allegedly assaulted at the protest; not by the organizer,… Read More »


New York Police Department Increases Low-Level Arrests in Poor Neighborhoods During Virus Concerns

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As New York City grapples with the coronavirus in the same way that cities across the country are, some are questioning the logic and safety of the New York Police Department’s actions; specifically, the decision by some officers to continue to execute low-level arrests and physically escalate confrontations with civilians that, even during ‘normal’… Read More »


Coronavirus-Related Charges in New Jersey Get More Serious, Revealing That Police May Be Abusing Discretion

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Police in New Jersey are still arresting people for holding gatherings that violate the state’s order on social distancing during the pandemic. However, they are also now charging them with far more serious crimes: For example, in mid-April, after a party was held with children in the backyard of a New Jersey residence, six… Read More »

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