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Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Planning for Constitutional Convention is already underway

New York state voters have yet to decide if there will be a Constitutional Convention almost three years from now, but thought leaders are already gathering to devise changes they would propose given the opportunity. An opinion recently released by ...

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Attorney Matt Hagen dead at 39

Calling hours for attorney Matthew C. Hagen, who died unexpectedly on July 21, are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Anthony Funeral Chapel, 2305 Monroe Ave. The cause of death was not released for Hagen, 39, who recently championed ...

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Webster Town judge dismisses DWI case

Webster Town Justice Thomas J. DiSalvo has dismissed driving while intoxicated charges against a woman because the anonymous tip that led to her arrest did not provide the probable cause or reasonable suspicion necessary to justify the traffic stop. Just ...

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Politicians often out of sync with musicians: Copyrighted material often used without permission by candidates

After the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun was played at the Republican National Convention Friday when Ivanka Trump took the stage for a speech, the estate of George Harrison, the Beatle who wrote the song, quickly tweeted that the unauthorized ...

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Ryan McDonald never veered from childhood goal

Ryan McDonald has always wanted to be a lawyer. “I have memories of, early on, telling people I was going to go to Harvard Law School,” said McDonald, 30. “I didn’t go to Harvard Law School, but I remember being ...

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Fourth Department – Hearsay: People v. Meadow

New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department Hearsay Purpose of Statement – Truth of the Matter Asserted People v. Meadow KA 15-01507 Appealed from Onondaga County Court Background: The defendant appealed from his conviction of murder in ...

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Court of Appeals – Witness Identification: People v. McCullough

New York State Court of Appeals Witness Identification Expert Testimony on Reliability of Eyewitness Identification People v. McCullough No. 105 Memorandum Background: The defendant was charged with murder, robbery and attempted robbery arising out of the robbery and murder of ...

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Second Circuit – Immigration: Weiland v. Lynch

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Immigration Order of Removal – Aggravated Felony – Federal Jurisdiction Weiland v. Lynch 14-3631-ag Judges Parker, Lohier, and Carney Background: The petitioner seeks review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision ...

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Judge, jury and educators

The Monroe County Bar Association hosted an event on Wednesday called Court Practice for Law Students attended by about 50 future attorneys. A panel of judges gave career advice, discussed the legal profession, and described what it’s like to work ...

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