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New York’s Raise the Age Law Has Transformed How Juvenile Crimes Are Treated, Especially in Brooklyn

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to statistics recently compiled and published by the state of New York, the state’s 2018 “Raise the Age” law that moves a number of 16-year-old juveniles accused of crimes out of Criminal Court has been done more successfully in Brooklyn than anywhere else in the city. The law was designed to end the… Read More »

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Legal Marijuana In New York: Questions Remaining

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A number of questions remain concerning the decriminalization (and legalization) of marijuana in New York. Linked to these questions are those related to the state’s approach to CBD products and where things are headed in terms of past drug infractions. Currently, there is a significant amount of uncertainty concerning all of these issues, which… Read More »

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Trial of Officer Who Shot Innocent After Mistakenly Entering His Apartment Thinking It Was Her Own Places Unique Interpretation of Castle Doctrine in Question

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The trial of Amber Guyger–the police officer who shot and killed an innocent man (Botham Jean) after mistakenly entering his apartment, thinking it was her own and that he was an intruder–has garnered national headlines in October. While there have been a number of ‘stand your ground’- (or self-defense) related homicide trials around the… Read More »

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The Use of Mug Shot Identification in New York Police Lineups, Despite Unreliability

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The New York Times recently ran an article on the use of mug shot searches in New York, despite the serious risks of mistaken identification associated with the technique. The technique involves asking victims to search through hundreds of matching photos after detectives enter a description of a perpetrator into the database. New York… Read More »

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First Step Act Promised To Reform Criminal Justice & Release Those Doing Unfair Time for Drug Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

News reports have been dominated by news headlines of the First Step Act, which, if passed by the Senate by the end of December, would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system, including eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing for a number of drug crimes, providing funding for rehabilitation programs, and instituting a… Read More »

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New Jersey’s Crime Rates Plunge Post Bail Reform Law

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Jersey’s sharp decline in crime has many wondering if the new rules surrounding bail reform—otherwise known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act (or “Bail Reform Law”)—possibly had an important impact on these statistics. Specifically, violent offenses, such as homicide and robbery, are down more than thirty percent throughout the state within the last… Read More »

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Pressure Mounts on Hill over Criminal Justice Reform

By Phillip J. Murphy |

There is no question that the U.S. is badly in need of criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to reducing mandatory minimum sentencing. It is largely a bipartisan issue that both major political parties agree on. The current legislation pending in Congress—known as “The First Step Act”—is a step in the right direction;… Read More »

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Midterm Elections Will Likely Bring Significant Change to Congress & Our Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 6, the midterm elections made a number of significant changes to Congress that will likely have long-lasting impacts on criminal justice, voting rights, and other important civil rights. Below, we’ve discussed some of the priority bills that the 116th Congress may tackle, and the prospective impacts on our civil liberties: Immigration A… Read More »

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Law Proposed In New Jersey Requiring Pet Groomers to Be Licensed

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Pending legislation in New Jersey known as “Bijou’s Law” would force pet groomers to be licensed, or otherwise face strict sanctions. The legislation was born out of a tragedy that occurred, whereby one woman’s dog died at a grooming session, inspiring her to push for changes and require that groomers not only get licensed,… Read More »

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New York Council Passes Significant Uber & Lyft Restrictions & Launches Voter Registration Efforts In Jails

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the month of August, a number of important initiatives that affect New Yorkers’ civil rights moved forward, as we discuss in detail below: Increasing Voter Registration for Inmates On August 7, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new voter registration drive for the city’s correctional facilities, which will allow inmates… Read More »

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