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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Weapon conviction reversed

A state appeals court has reversed a weapon conviction because of insufficient evidence. Defendant Earnest Hawkins was convicted in Monroe County Court in September 2014 of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree ...

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Suppression hearing ordered

A state appeals court has sent a homicide case back to the lower court for a suppression hearing. Howard R. White pleaded guilty in January 2015 to first-degree manslaughter. White, who filed the appeal pro se, argued that the initial ...

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New trial granted in rape case

The Fourth Department has reversed a rape conviction and granted a new trial because of an inadequate jury instruction. The defendant, Ruben Garcia, was convicted in October 2015 of first-degree rape. The alleged crime happened in April 2005, but Garcia ...

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Inmates denied compassionate release

A federal judge has denied requests from three prison inmates seeking compassionate release because of fears of contracting COVID-19. U.S District Court Judge David G. Larimer released decisions in three cases, denying the motions from Alfredo Maldonado, Jessie McIntyre and ...

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Ownership of luxury sports car in question

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York is asking a federal judge to determine the ownership of a 1996 Ferrari F50 worth almost $2 million. The Italian luxury sports car was being transported on a flatbed ...

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Counsel Press acquires AppealTech

Counsel Press Inc., the nation’s largest appellate services provider, has acquired AppealTech. AppealTech was founded in 1998 in New York by a group of appellate professionals focused on assisting law firms and their clients, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in ...

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City officials suppressed information in Prude case

The law firm hired by the city of Rochester in September to investigate the death of Daniel Prude has released a report on the inquiry. Andrew G. Celli Jr., an attorney at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, ...

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Robbery conviction reversed

A state appeals court has vacated a robbery conviction because the defendant was not properly informed of his rights when he pleaded guilty. Terrance L. Stanley, 30, pleaded guilty in April 2007 to second-degree robbery before state Supreme Court Justice ...

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