Sunday, March 31, 2013

Suppression hearing held in assault weapon case

Finger Lakes Times:

A seat belt violation and a broken taillight led to the traffic stop that uncovered two rifles, including an assault weapon, stolen from a Seneca Falls apartment complex last fall.

That was the testimony of several Seneca Falls police officers during a suppression hearing Friday for Gary Goodman in Seneca County Court. The Waterloo man, formerly of Geneva, faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property….

Local attorney Steven Getman is representing Goodman. Getman is contesting the legality of the search....

Judge Dennis Bender gave [District Attorney Barry] Porsch and Getman 20 days to submit written briefs on the hearing, after which he will issue a decision.

Goodman remains in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Legal links of interest for the week ending March 22, 2013

Some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week:

·         Study on wrongful convictions finds prosecutorial misconduct and weak defense play a significant role: The report may be useful to practitioners to help understand how these factors come into play and how to ameliorate or alleviate them
 ·         Russia slams Texas prosecutors for not charging parents of dead adopted boy: A Texas coroner had declared the child’s death in January accidental, but Moscow demanded a complete report from U.S. officials.
 ·         Congressman objects to Seneca-Cayuga land-into-trust bidRep. Tom Reed (R), Seneca County’s representative in Congress opposes the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma’s application to put 230 acres of land it owns in Seneca and Cayuga counties into federal trust.
 ·         Public Access Guide to NY Courts available:  The Guide contains an application for the media when they seek to conduct coverage of court proceedings and will be available at all court clerks’ offices in the District and available at security posts on each floor of the Hall of Justice in Rochester, NY.
 ·         Red-light camera firms get heat over tickets: Legal challenges, public outcry not slowing industry growth
 ·         Stricter laws due in July to govern underage kids on social media: Sites such as Facebook will likely be forced to remove photos, audio recordings or other personal identifiers of children -- or else face stiff fines, under updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
 ·         Justices apply copyright first-sale doctrine to foreign goods: Libraries, museums, retailers and others who buy copyrighted goods made abroad can resell them without violating federal copyright law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
 ·         Just how bad off are law school graduates?  There are a surprising number of job postings for lawyers that offer no salary at all, including government law jobs.

For more on each of these stories, click the links above.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Legal links of interest for the week ending March 15, 2013

Some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week:

Open meetings laws force public agencies to share more materials: The new requirement, an amendment to the state open meetings law, mandates that all public agencies make their agendas available to the public in advance of their meetings, as well as supplemental meeting materials such as resolutions or department reports.

Wife of millionaire LI real-estate mogul gets judge to ripup her prenup: Longtime divorce lawyer Raoul Felder, who has never overturned a prenup in his three-decade career and has no involvement in the Petrakis case, called the decision “really rare” and precedent setting.

Will FDA Use Obamacare to Tax Americans’ Smartphones and Tablets: Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are concerned that FDA may subject more smartphones and mobile apps to regulation as medical devices, which could result in their being taxed under Obamacare and harm the innovation and economic benefits of the U.S. mobile marketplace.

Attorney wants to exclude Jews from Abdel Hameed Shehadeh’supcoming terror trial: Lawyer Frederick Cohn will ask a judge to bar Jews from the jury hearing the case against Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, who’s accused of lying about trying to join jihadists in Pakistan.

Can lawyers ethically blog about their cases? According to the decision issued by the Virginia Supreme Court, not only can Virginia lawyers ethically blog about their cases, they can even list the names of their clients when doing so, as long as their blog includes an appropriate disclaimer.

N.Y. Schools See Decrease in U.S. News Rankings: Bob Morse, director of data research at U.S. News, attributed much of the churn to a revised methodology involving the weight given to schools' success at landing their graduates in jobs.

Judge halts mayor's soda ban, calls it 'arbitrary and capricious': Judge Tingling said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Board of Health overstepped their bounds, to enforce rules that should be established by the legislative bodies.

 For more on each of these stories, click the links above.