Skip Navigation
on:

NCPR is supported by:

News stories tagged with "legal"

Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/60588258@N00/3293465641/">Brian Turner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Brian Turner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers approve adding 25 family court judges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) While the current state budget funds 20 more family court judges statewide, intended to help ease crowded dockets, legislators have approved 25 new judgeships.

Most would take office next year, following upstate elections in November.  Go to full article

New York weighs kids' gay conversion therapy ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Democratic-led Assembly is set to take up a bill Wednesday banning licensed health officials from administering therapy to minors attempting to change their sexual orientation.

Mathew Shurka, of Long Island, describes himself as emotionally scarred from five years of therapy to "cure" his homosexuality. The 26-year-old began the therapy at age 16.  Go to full article
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegratz/117048243/">Joe Gratz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Joe Gratz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers consider adding family court judges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) While the current state budget funds 20 more family court judges statewide intended to help ease crowded dockets, legislators still have to determine how to distribute them.  Go to full article

NY court uphold ruling on use of town cars

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's highest court has confirmed a state board's conclusion that personal use of municipal vehicles is an employment benefit subject to union negotiations.

The Court of Appeals, divided 5-2, has upheld the 2011 Public Employment Relations Board ruling that Islip improperly ended its 20-year practice of letting dozens of workers drive assigned town vehicles home at night.  Go to full article
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the  NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook

Ex-Pataki aide announces run for attorney general

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The former chief adviser to Republican Gov. George Pataki is running for New York attorney general against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.

John Cahill, also former state conservation commissioner, tells a gathering in Yonkers, his hometown, that he intends to be an advocate for all New Yorkers as both the public's prosecutor and defender.  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Rubin_Carter_4.jpg">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: WikiMedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending almost 20 years in a U.S. prison for a triple murder he didn't commit died at his home in Toronto yesterday. He was 76.  Go to full article
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.<br />Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adireondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.
Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adireondack Daily Enterprise

Silver Lake man settles suit against APA, Adk Council

A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council.

Leroy Douglas had claimed the environmental group conspired with APA to reopen a 2006 enforcement case the agency pursued against him for a wetlands violation.

As part of the settlement, neither the APA nor the Council acknowledge any wrongdoing.  Go to full article
Gregory McNeal
Gregory McNeal

Writing the rules for domestic drone use

Drones are smaller, cheaper, and easier to use than ever, and their cameras are more powerful than ever.

In the near future, drones may be used to find criminals, track wildlife, or find a lost hiker in a remote canyon. They could also be used to look in places where we're not used to prying eyes.

Law professor Gregory McNeal studies the legalities of drone use at Pepperdine University in California. McNeal believes local government, not the courts, should lead the way in writing the rules in the drone era.

He says our notions of privacy may differ from what the law says. McNeal told David Sommerstein the Supreme Court has upheld the right of law enforcement to look for wrongdoing from a helicopter or plane.  Go to full article
An image from a rally last year to save Lyon Mountain prison (Photo:  Brian Mann)
An image from a rally last year to save Lyon Mountain prison (Photo: Brian Mann)

Cuomo says prisons can't be a jobs program

In his speech yesterday, Governor Cuomo fired a shot across the bow of the North Country's prison industry. For decades, correctional facilities have been used to shore up the region's economy, providing thousands of high paying, dependable jobs.

Inmate populations have been dropping the last few years, in part because of reforms to the Rockefeller drug laws last year. Those laws imposed long prison sentences even on low-level, non-violent offenders.

As Brian Mann reports, the new governor says using prisons as an economic development tool is unaffordable and morally wrong.  Go to full article

High court ruling could impact Bruno's sentence

A decision by the US Supreme Court Thursday could impact the prison sentence for New York's former State Senate Majority Leader, Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

1-10 of 14  next 4 »  last »