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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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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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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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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Whether Attorneys Can Override Criminal Defendants’ Wishes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 14th, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a very important case addressing the issue of whether a criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to assistance of counsel is violated if their attorney concedes their guilt over their express objection. Ultimately, the majority determined that the client—not the attorney—is at the center of every criminal… 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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Outdated Laws Block Information Flow & Justice For Criminal Defendants

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Access to all information relevant to a criminal case is a crucial aspect of building an effective defense and in ensuring that our criminal justice system honors a defendant’s constitutional rights. And yet, this is a serious issue when it comes to crucial information on social media sites, as they typically readily hand over… Read More »

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One Stay of Execution Issued Highlights a System Rampant With Problems

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On August 22nd, Gov. Eric Greitens granted a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, who was convicted 16 years ago for the 1998 murder of former reporter Felicia Gayle. The governor also ordered a board of inquiry to look into the case because of a series of issues found embedded in the original conviction…. Read More »

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Sanctuary Cities Defend Themselves to the Justice Department

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Certain cities and jurisdictions (including New York) labeled “sanctuary” cities have been accused by the Trump administration of violating federal immigration statutes and interfering with the federal government’s initiative in removing “criminal” illegal immigrants from the country. As a result, the Justice Department has warned these cities, counties, and states that they risked losing… Read More »

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New York City Council Declares Certain Minor Offenses Will No Longer Draw Criminal Summons

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Historically, public urination in New York resulted in a criminal summons. However, the New York City Council recently decided that such activity should draw a civil ticket rather than involve prosecuting people. In doing so, the council also downgraded similar activities, such as public drunkenness, instead mandating that offenders attend an administrative hearing versus… Read More »

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Is Your Computer Illegally Gathering Evidence Against You? New Report Offers Advice

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A report recently released by the ACLU, EFF, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys highlights a serious issue in our criminal justice system that few are aware of: the installation of computer malware in order to illegally seize evidence of violation of the Fourth Amendment and federal laws in an effort to… Read More »

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