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The Inability for Law Enforcement to Distinguish Hemp from Marijuana Leads to False Arrests

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Police officers around the country have routinely been mistakenly cracking down on what they believe are marijuana busts, but what actually turn out to be sources of legal hemp. Law enforcement arguably found itself unprepared for the legalization of hemp, as even traditional tools – such as drug-sniffing dogs and tests that still only… Read More »


The Most Important Civil Rights Case of the Term Comes Before the U.S. Supreme Court

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in what many are calling the most important civil rights case to come in this term. The case involves a dispute between Comcast and Byron Allen, who is claiming that Comcast refuses to air channels from his company for racist/discriminatory reasons. Comcast Urges Narrow, First-Ever Interpretation… Read More »


Trials for Criminal Defendants In New York Are About to Completely Transform Due to Criminal Justice Reforms

By Phillip J. Murphy |

An important criminal justice reform law that mandates a 15- to 30-day window for prosecutors and defense attorneys to exchange materials before arraignment (as well as a number of other changes to information that defendants have access to before trial) goes into effect in January 2020, and has prosecutors (“DAs”) claiming that Gov. Cuomo… Read More »


New York City Makes It Illegal to Discriminate Against Immigrants

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a somewhat unprecedented move, in early October, New York City moved to make and act on discrimination against immigrants illegal by declaring new guidance on an existing law, which dictates that it is illegal to use the term “illegal alien” to “demean, humiliate, or harass” someone in the workplace. The new guidance makes… Read More »


New York Votes to Officially Close Rikers Island Jails, But What’s Next?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In late October, New York City Council made its vote to have Rikers Island closed as of 2026, and replaced with four new jails located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, taking the inmate population down from approximately 10,000 to 3,000. Described by some as a “symbol of brutality and inhumanity” that “[never]… Read More »


New York’s New Sex Abuse Law Brings Forth Hundreds of New Allegations

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York’s new sex abuse law has already brought forth hundreds of new lawsuits brought by victims seeking to use the legal system to address the damage done, even if it was many years before. The law – the New York Child Victims Act – created a one-year period whereby victims could come forth… Read More »


Justice Department Announces That Additional Federal Inmates May Qualify for Release Under First Step Act

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to statistics, the federal prison system holds more than seven times the number of inmates that it did in the 1980s, and more than 45 percent of everyone in them is serving time for a drug offense. Still, according to the latest reports, more than 2,200 inmates are set to be released from… 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 »


New York Officially Fails to Decriminalize Marijuana

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the week of June 19, New York state lawmakers failed to reach consensus concerning the state’s proposal to legalize (i.e. decriminalize) the recreational use of marijuana. The legislation, titled the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, would have not only decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana, but also addressed the practice of disproportionately policing… Read More »


Will New York Could Soon Decriminalize Sex Work?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Lawmakers in New York recently proposed legislation that would not only decriminalize prostitution, but also allow for criminal records related to a number of sex crimes to be expunged. Specifically, the proposed legislation– titled the “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act—would remove criminal penalties for these workers with the hope of increasing workplace… Read More »

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