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State Prosecutor Accuses DOJ of Blocking Investigation into Potential Police Misconduct

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The state prosecutor is suing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over what many suspect to be police misconduct and civil rights issues involving police officers (members of a fugitive task force) shooting 59 bullets into a schizophrenic college student. While the police claimed that they had a warrant to enter the victim’s residency… Read More »

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New New Jersey Firearms Law Could Lead NYPD Police to Be Arrested

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Under a new law, New York officers could be arrested in New Jersey if they travel through the state of New Jersey, off-duty, with a high-capacity firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. However, legislation is pending which would allow officers to travel with the firearms between the two states, even while… 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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Update on Medical & Recreational Marijuana Legalization in New York & New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Here in New York, the planned merger of two of the country’s largest cannabis companies could change New York’s law on marijuana manufacturing and distribution as we know it. The merger would create the largest cannabis country in the nation, with licenses to operate 79 facilities in a number of states, including two cultivation… Read More »

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Police Crackdown on New York Doctors Distributing Opioids

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On October 11, in pursuit of the current administration’s war on opioids, five New York doctors in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester County were arrested and charged with running illegal prescription drug mills that led to the distribution of more than 8.5 million oxycodone pills being dispersed throughout the state. According to Manhattan… Read More »

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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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Can PTSD Lead To Violent Criminal Behavior?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously addressed the link between brain trauma and violent, criminal behavior: It is an increasingly important topic in the field of criminal defense, as more and more research demonstrates that brain trauma can influence behavior and even lead to people committing crimes, in some circumstances. This is especially important when it comes to… Read More »

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“The Case For Shutting Down New York City’s Rikers Island Jail”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve discussed issues at New York’s Rikers Island facility before, documenting the significant number of violent incidents and violations of inmates’ constitutional rights at the facility, which investigators have documented and some legislators have cited as reasons to close the facility within the next 10 years. Now on a mission to reform New York’s… Read More »

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Supreme Court Rules For Police In Excessive Force Case

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning police officer conduct in an excessive force case—arguably involving both police misconduct and racial profiling—sends an alarming signal to the public, as noted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent. Specifically, it sends the message that officers can shoot first and think later, and that unreasonable conduct… Read More »

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“Defending Yourself In The Dark”: New York Continues To Face Issues With Unfair Discovery Laws

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously discussed the issue of a huge problem that New York faces in its criminal justice system before; this issue of prosecutors withholding evidence until the last minute, and how this not only violates defendants’ rights to a fair trial, but actually contributes to the number of wrongful convictions every year. For years,… Read More »

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