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New York's Highest Court Throws Out Death Penalty

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

Senate Democrats Revive Drug Law Reform

The leader of the Senate Democrats is trying to jump start the stagnating Rockefeller drug law reform movement. Senator David Paterson has offered a compromise proposal. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.

High Court Invalidates Mohawk Casino

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

Burlington Resolves Against USA Patriot Act

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

State Sues Massena Woman For Pyramid Scheme

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

Lake Placid Attorney Ed Finnerty Barred from Practicing Law

A panel of the state Supreme Court has barred a prominent attorney in Lake Placid from practicing law for two years. Ed Finnerty is North Elba's town attorney and is a member of lake Placid's Hall of Fame. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Court-Testing the Death Penalty

New York's highest court heard the first test of the 1995 death penalty statute in an over six-hour marathon of court arguments yesterday. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Getting Better Pay for Court-Appointed Lawyers for the Poor

The push is on to raise fees for court-appointed lawyers who represent poor people. Three distinguished attorneys who began the program with Governor Rockefeller spoke for its improvement. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Court-appointed Lawyers Protest at Capitol

Lawyers protested at the state capitol, asking for more money for court-appointed lawyers who represent New York's poor. Karen Dewitt has this report.  Go to full article

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