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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Self-driving cars raising many legal questions

A woman studies the Google driverless car model. Attorneys and legal experts in Rochester say a host of legal issues have to be worked out before the technology can be broadly used on U.S. roads. JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE VIA AP IMAGES

First, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations are people. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that computers can be car drivers. Local legal experts say it’s likely just the beginning of several government policy decisions, including ...

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Nixon Peabody hires eight attorneys for local office

Nixon Peabody has hired eight new lawyers. They are (right to left): Brian Becker, Jenny Lewis, Catherine Mendola, Thomas D’Antonio, Katarzyna Murphy, Matthew Carrigg. New hires not in the picture: Kenneth Hunt and Isaac Figueras. (BENNETT LOUDON)

Nixon Peabody is in hiring mode. The international law firm with more than 1,500 lawyers in 16 cities added eight attorneys recently to the Rochester office, including three newly admitted lawyers. The new hires will help beef up staffing in ...

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Hudson Valley congressman may run for governor

ALBANY — Republican Rep. Chris Gibson is moving closer to a run for New York governor with the formation of a committee that allows him to raise money for a possible campaign. The three-term congressman from the Hudson Valley filed ...

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John R. Nuchereno remembered as ‘model attorney’

Attorney John R. Nuchereno, at center of photo, with his law students at the University at Buffalo. The students were part of the Innocence and Justice Project directed by Nuchereno. (Courtesy of UB Law School)

John R. Nuchereno, 64, a Buffalo lawyer known for representing some of the most notorious criminal defendants in Western New York, died Tuesday. Nuchereno was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2014 and received a bone marrow transplant in June 2014, ...

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New trial granted by Appellate Division because of ‘pervasive prosecutorial misconduct’

In a move that one expert called “extraordinary,” an appeals court has granted a new trial in a 2009 Monroe County attempted rape case, citing “pervasive prosecutorial misconduct” during the summation. Appointed defense lawyer James Hinman objected to only one ...

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Judicial candidates lining up for state and local races

Monroe County GOP officials unveil some of their judicial candidates. From left, Charles A. Schiano Jr., Sam L. Valleriani, Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich, and Stacey M. Romeo. Reilich endorsed these three candidatyes, but others could still come forward to seek the party’s endorsement, Reilich said. (Bennett Loudon)

Election Day is about 11 months away, but state and local judicial candidates are already lining up for a place on the ballot. Two Democrats — Matthew Nafus and Melissa Barrett — have announced their intentions to run for Monroe County ...

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