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March 2014 Archives

New York women exonerated, 7 years after false felony convictions

The unfortunate reality is, innocent people sometimes go to prison in New York. Our criminal justice system was established, at least in part, on the principle that nobody should be incarcerated for a crime he or she did not commit. But as cases like the following prove, that system is far from perfect.

Ronkonkoma woman arrested after call-in from off-duty officer

Witness testimony is a factor in many criminal cases. People claim to have seen something that was allegedly illegal, and prosecutors use witness statements to bring charges against a defendant. One problem with witness testimony is that it isn't always reliable. Among other factors, people's preconceived notions tend to affect their ability to accurately assess particular situations.

Long Island brothers plead not guilty to knockoff brand charges

A pair of brothers who live on Long Island are facing serious trademark counterfeiting charges after police raided several storage facilities belonging to their business. Authorities accuse the men of putting brand names on baby oil, sanitary pads and cold medicine, and selling the items to retail stores as if they were genuine.

Athletes not more prone to commit weapons crimes than average

We discussed New York Knicks' player Raymond Felton's recent arrest on weapons charges in our Feb. 25 blog post. To provide a brief recap, Felton turned himself in after police received a report that he was in illegal possession of a firearm. Felton had registered the gun in another state, but allegedly had not done so in New York. In New York, possessing a gun that is not registered in the state can be a felony; the state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

Should 81-year-old woman be held in jail for feeding birds?

We know that laws are in place to keep people safe and protect our rights as U.S. citizens. However, that does not mean that people always understand or agree with the laws or that the legal system should not still be challenged when appropriate. There may also be reasons to confront unfair sentencing practices when the punishment may not fit the crime.

Update: Kerry Kennedy not guilty of drugged driving

In a post we published last week, we explored the case against influential personality, Kerry Kennedy. She was facing charges after an accident and said it was a sleep aid, not alcohol, which had impaired her driving. Readers can refer to that post for more background information. The case was just one of thousands of impaired driving cases that are prosecuted every year in New York, but it gained national attention for many reasons.

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