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Did you ever imagine polygamy would become so…topical? Confession time: I have never seen any of the TV shows that have sprung up on this topic. The few books I have read on the subject left me with a decidedly dim view of polygamy. While I...
I’ve written before about how recent changes in U.S. tax laws are causing misery for Americans who live and work abroad. The problem is largely invisible within the U.S., but continues to make waves in the ex-pat community. Consider this from...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...
In a landmark decision this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously struck down many existing laws that criminalized prostitution. As reported by the CBC: In striking down laws prohibiting brothels, living on the avails of...
News stories tagged with "law"
Aug 12, 2005 — If you live in St. Lawrence County, you may be getting a phone call to talk about sex offenders. The county's probation office is conducting a phone survey to find out people's attitudes about people who commit sex-related crimes. More than 250 sex offenders live in St. Lawrence County. About 100 of them are supervised by the probation office. Director Francine Perretta says the survey is part of an effort to better help victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and those who live near them. She spoke with David Sommerstein. She says the survey asks people to evaluate various statements. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jul 27, 2005 — A girl who spent much of her childhood in Mooers in northern Clinton County, was found dead yesterday. 16-year-old Shanna Poissant was located by Canadian police near a bike path north of Hemmingford, in Quebec. As Brian Mann reports, a 23-year-old Canadian man has been arrested. Go to full article
Jun 30, 2005 — The ruling on the Cayuga land claim could also endanger the Akwesasne Mohawks claim to 22,000 acres of land in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. That case was almost settled. The Mohawks stood to get $100 million, the right to double the size of its reservation near Massena, and the first chance to build a casino in the Catskills. The state Assembly, both county legislatures, and three Mohawk tribal councils have all signed off on the deal. Governor Pataki was prepared to sign it into law when the State Senate failed to act last week. Jim Ransom, chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, says he's disappointed with the latest turn of events. To learn more about the federal court's ruling on the Cayuga land claim, David Sommerstein spoke with Robert Odawi Porter. He's a law professor at Syracuse University and directs the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance, and Citizenship. Porter says the Cayuga decision is derived from the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Oneida Nation. That one said the Oneidas are not immune from taxation on land it had bought in central New York. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Apr 07, 2005 — Essex County District attorney Ronald Briggs says he's still deciding whether to seek re-election. Briggs, a three-term incumbent, lost the endorsement of the county's Republican committee last week. GOP leaders shocked political observers by supporting Julie Garcia, an attorney from Schroon Lake. As Chris Knight reports, some critics say Briggs spends too much money. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Sep 28, 2004 — Town officials in Essex say a zoning ordinance that restricts political lawnsigns won't be enforced over the next ten days. The decision follows a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. As Brian Mann reports, the rule drew criticism from some locals, who felt that it stifled free speech. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Jun 25, 2004 — The New York Court of Appeals yesterday threw out the death sentence for a Long Island killer, declaring that a part of New York's death penalty law violates the state constitution. An anti-death penalty group says it's time for a moratorium so state lawmakers can decide whether capital punishment should be allowed to continue at all. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Jun 13, 2003 — New York's highest court ruled yesterday that the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's gaming compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Massena is invalid. As David Sommerstein reports, the decision is unlikely to have any immediate effect, but it sets the stage for a face-off over the legality of casinos in New York. Go to full article
Jan 07, 2003 — Last month the city of Burlington, Vermont joined two dozen cities across the country to pass resolutions against parts of the USA Patriot Act, saying it violates civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Nov 18, 2002 — A St. Lawrence County woman stands accused of bringing a pyramid scheme to the region and duping hundreds of women out of thousands of dollars. The State Attorney General's office filed a civil suit Thursday seeking the woman's profits. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article