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The Appellate Division, 2nd Department ruled that comments made about one’s business partner during a contentious litigation cannot be deemed defamatory statements for the purpose of a civil  … Full Article

Brooklyn Appellate Court finds non-defamation for statements made in litigation

The Appellate Division, 2nd Department ruled that comments made about one’s business partner during a contentious litigation cannot be deemed defamatory statements for the purpose of a civil suit.  … Full Article

Brooklyn’s exonerated individuals still fighting for financial freedom

Just as they thought the fight for their freedom was over, exonerated persons are still fighting for financial independence. … Full Article

Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser, Hillary Clinton supporter, pleads guilty

 A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it. … Full Article

VIDEO: Brooklyn's exoneration report

Brooklyn ranks fifth in the number of exonerations nationwide, and that ranking could rise given the recent overturned convictions. Jonathan Fleming's recent exoneration after spending 25 years in prison reflects the work being done to reduce the number of wrongful convictions. … Full Article

Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.
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Two life sentences for attempted beheading of U.S. attorney and federal judge

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A Long Island man, convicted of conspiring to murder a federal prosecutor and judge, was sentenced to two terms of life behind bars earlier this week. … Full Article

Cuomo appoints Brooklyn judge to appellate court, makes four other appointments

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed five trial court judges to vacancies on mid-level appellate division courts. All were previously elected to the state Supreme Court. … Full Article

Brooklyn tenants file suit against landlords for targeting black renters

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A number of residents of the Homewood Gardens Estates, a group of apartment buildings in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, have banded together and filed a federal lawsuit alleging that their Brooklyn landlords have engaged in wrongful acts of race discrimination.
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Pro Bono Barrister: Calling all non-golfers to Hon. Theodore Jones Golf Outing

Many lawyers we’ve talked with are definitely planning to attend the  Second Annual Justice Theodore Jones Memorial golf outing, set for April 28. Some had said that they would have been there last year, but they don’t play golf. But that’s no longer a deal-breaker. … Full Article

Pro Bono Barrister: Loss of good lawyer shows need to learn how to help colleagues

For many barristers — especially those of us who knew and worked with Len Morton — the upcoming June 16 “Lawyers Helping Lawyers Volunteer Training” program has a certain sense of urgency — and loss. … Full Article

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