Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Conviction overturned on ID evidence

An appellate court has overturned a robbery conviction and suppressed identification evidence in the case. Jonathan W. Spinks, 25, was convicted of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery in April 2014. State Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Affronti ...

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TV station sued over YouTube video

A Rochester Institute of Technology student is suing WHEC-TV for using a video he uploaded to YouTube without his permission. The student, Boris Sherman, is asking for any profits generated by the use of the video, or statutory damages of ...

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Plea revoked in sex trafficking case

A Syracuse man who admitted to sex trafficking in 2014 had his guilty plea revoked by an appellate court because he got inaccurate information from his lawyer. Eric Oliver, 34, who was accused of running a prostitution ring victimizing girls ...

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Ineffective counsel leads to new trial

An appellate court has reversed the conviction of a Steuben County man on burglary and robbery charges and granted a new trial because of insufficient evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel. Joseph A. McCallum, 38, was convicted in May 2016 ...

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