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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Appeals court reinstates charges

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The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, in a split decision, reversed a lower court, and reinstated assault charges that had been reduced by a judge in Livingston County. The prosecutor appealed the judge’s decision and the Fourth Department agreed ...

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Colleges being sued for online switch

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Rochester Institute of Technology and dozens of other colleges and universities across the country are being sued by students seeking a refund of tuition and fees because their schools switched to what they consider an inferior online program after they ...

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DWI conviction tossed

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A state appeals court has overturned a drunk driving conviction for a lack of evidence. Sarah J. Bradbury was convicted by a state Supreme Court jury in Ontario County in April 2017 of two counts of driving while intoxicated, a ...

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Perjury conviction dismissed

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A state appellate court has dismissed a first-degree perjury conviction. Davonne Beckwith, 39, was convicted in June 2017 in state Supreme Court in Onondaga County of the perjury charge and resisting arrest. “We agree with defendant that the People failed ...

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Appellate court reduces sentence

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A state appeals court has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of drug charges in Yates County. James Fenton, 59, was convicted in February 2018 of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a ...

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Law Day webinar is Thursday

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On May 1, the legal community will celebrate Law Day with the theme: Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100. The Monroe County Bar Association will kick off its celebration of Law Day with an online ...

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Marriage licenses available by appointment

Meghan Barteld, 36, and Nigel Riley, 36, were outside the entrance to the Perinton Town Clerk's office Wednesday morning completing forms and submitting documents to get a marriage license. Although their offices are closed to the public, Pernton and other Monroe County towns have established a system to issue marriage licenses during the pandemic with no personal contact.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on Saturday allowing the use of video conferencing tools, like Zoom, for municipal clerks to issue marriage licenses and for couples to get married. But town clerks in Monroe County are not expected ...

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