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New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In response to the transformation that the #MeToo movement has had in our society and on workplace culture, New York and New York City passed what many are referring to the country’s most stringent workplace sexual harassment laws, which went into effect on October 9. Both the city and state regulations require employers to… Read More »

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New Jersey Supreme Court Bars Retroactive Application Of Megan’s Law Amendment

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 30th, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that an amendment to Megan’s Law enhancing penalties for sex offenders who violate parole requirements was unenforceable and violated both state and federal constitutions. In doing so, the court vacated the convicts’ third-degree convictions for parole violations after four offenders had committed minor violations of… Read More »

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Breakdown Of Allegations Against New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Sexual assault and physical abuse allegations against New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman have been all over the news of late. As a result, Schneiderman ultimately decided to resign, noting that they would prevent his ability to continue to lead the New York office. Many remain shocked, particularly given that Schneiderman was a… Read More »

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Will Sexual Assault Cases Ever Be The Same After The #MeToo Movement?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The most recent trial against Bill Cosby for sexual assault has many speculating that trials like these are now forever changed since the onset of the #MeToo movement. Many are now commenting that changing cultural perspectives are now affecting courtroom procedures, such as admissibility of evidence. While the first jury to weigh whether Cosby… Read More »

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New Jersey Supreme Court Decides Juveniles Convicted Of Sex Offenses Do Not Have To Stay On Sex Offender Registry Forever

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On April 24th, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that juveniles can no longer be placed on the state’s sex offender registry for life. The Court found that his mandate under Megan’s law violates juveniles’ due process rights under the state constitution. This will inevitably affect thousands of people in New Jersey, who have… Read More »

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Yale Rape Verdict Shows Differing Standards For Consent In Criminal Courtrooms Versus Campus Panels

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The trial against the Yale student accused of rape has been in the headlines of late, especially when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on March 7th, after less than three hours of deliberations. The message received from the trial was loud and clear: prosecuting sex crimes in a court of law… Read More »

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The New Push To Expand New York’s Childhood Sexual Assault Law

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As recently reported by the New York Times, there is a new push to expand New York’s childhood sex assault law. Under the current law in New York, victims of childhood sexual abuse have until they reach the age of 21 to sue the facility where the sexual abuse occurred and age 23 to… Read More »

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Anthony Weiner Conviction Draws Attention to Issues with Federal Sentencing Guidelines

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On September 25th, former congressman Anthony Weiner who once represented New York’s 9th congressional district was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for providing obscene materials to a minor, including child pornography, and related crimes. Yet, aside from all the national attention the story has received, Weiner’s sentencing is interesting for an entirely other reason:… Read More »

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Campus Criminal Rape Policies & Investigations Draw Concern

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with women who have been the victims of sexual assault, as well as the accused, and their families, on July 13th in an effort to re-examine the recent campus sexual assault policies of the Obama administration. Specifically, some are concerned that these policies may be significantly violating the… Read More »

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What Is a Mistrial, and How Does It Relate To Double Jeopardy?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many of us have tuned into Bill Cosby’s trial this last month, which recently ended in a hung jury (mistrial). Specifically, the jury deliberated for 52 hours before a mistrial was declared because they were deadlocked. Cosby is currently free on bail, but also appears to be awaiting a retrial of the criminal case,… Read More »

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