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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joins community leaders at economic development meeting in Rochester

Finger Lakes area residents will soon start to see the impact of the $500 million in state funding awarded to the region in December. “You will see concrete plans tied to the URI (Upstate Revitalization Initiative) money being announced very ...

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Apple wants Congress to decide iPhone encryption issue

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. will tell a federal judge this week in legal papers that its fight with the FBI over accessing a locked and encrypted iPhone should be kicked to Congress, rather than decided by courts, The Associated Press ...

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State of the town

State Senator Joe Robach, left, wearing a pink necktie with stripes, and Gates Supervisor Mark Assini, to his left, listen to Chili Supervisor David Dunning give his state-of-the-town speech Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Airport on Brooks Ave. After Dunning, ...

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Judge grants hearing on new evidence for convicted killer

State Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Affronti has granted a hearing for a convicted killer to present new evidence that someone else actually committed the crime. Jose Torres, 49, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the July 4, ...

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New lawyers welcomed

Curtis Johnson, chairman of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, with Jane Marie Brown (left), a law clerk in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, and Chloe Krouse, also a law clerk for the ...

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Court of Appeals puts trial-prep exception ‘on the radar screen’

A recent decision by the state Court of Appeals could change the way some prosecutors get ready for trial. Until now, a prosecutor could show a witness a picture of a defendant shortly before testifying. Usually the practice has not ...

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Cuomo appoints 10 Appellate Division justices

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 10 appointments to fill vacancies in all four departments of the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the state’s Appellate Division,” Cuomo ...

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Proposed changes to NY juvenile cases, bail system welcomed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to change the age of criminal responsibility and reform the bail system are being welcomed as overdue. “The concern that many in the criminal justice system have is that minors do a lot of foolish things ...

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