Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Conflict Defender’s caseload is up

Online CLE has also helped legal nonprofits boost the ranks of volunteer attorneys who can take on pro bono cases after completing a training course in a particular area of law.
THINKSTOCK

The number of cases handled by the Monroe County Conflict Defender continues to climb, according to the office’s annual report for 2018. There were 8,394 cases referred to the office last year, up from 8,144 in 2017. Since 2015, when ...

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New trial granted on drug charge

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A man convicted of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance will get a new trial because the judge refused to instruct the jury to include the lesser included offense of seventh-degree CPCS. Justice Stephen K. Lindley found that the ...

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Murder conviction overturned

Kathleen Reardon

An appellate court has reversed a murder conviction after agreeing with the defendant’s lawyer, who argued that her client intentionally killed the victim. Antoine Parris, 38, was convicted in February 2003 of second-degree murder and sentenced to a minimum of ...

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Plea vacated in burglary case

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An appeals court has vacated a guilty plea in a burglary case because the trial judge failed to address the defendant’s complaints about his appointed attorney. Todd Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in November 2014. Monroe County Court ...

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