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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Hiring trends favor women, minorities

A new analysis of trends in general counsel hiring by Fairport-based consultants BarkerGilmore shows the majority of new GCs were women and minorities. Every year, about 10% of Fortune 500 companies appoint new top legal executives, according to the report. ...

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Judge rejects motions for compassionate release

U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer has denied requests from four prison inmates seeking release because of COVID-19. In separate motions, the defendants — Albert M. Ranieri, Steve Gray, Tremec Jeffries, and Chris Kimball — all sought to be ...

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Federal inmate granted compassionate release

A federal judge has freed a prison inmate because of COVID-19 concerns. Defendant Artfaber Swails, 47, claimed he has “significant medical conditions that make him especially susceptible to serious consequences should he contract the virus.” Swails also claimed that Federal ...

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Federal prisoners denied compassionate release

A federal judge has denied requests from two inmates seeking to be released from prison because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 4, defendant Darryl Mickle, 36, filed a pro se motion seeking compassionate release from his 57-month sentence. To ...

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Lawsuit claims excessive force

Three men are suing the city of Rochester and several Rochester police officers claiming the use of excessive force when they were accused of interfering with an arrest. Lawyers for plaintiffs Anthony Hall, Craig Puritt and Shamell Killings filed the ...

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Grand juries in place across the state

Despite the resurgence of COVID-19, the New York state court system is better off than it was last spring, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said in her latest update on how the courts are handling the pandemic. The ...

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Judges now must explain recusals

Two hot-potato lawsuits have prompted a new state law that requires judges who recuse themselves from a case to explain why, unless the explanation would be embarrassing to them or their family members. After almost eight years and five state ...

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Lawsuit claims illegal entry

A Rochester man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming city police illegally entered his apartment and retaliated after an internal police investigation concluded the police actions were improper. Lawyers for Edward Goolsby Jr. filed the complaint Monday in U.S. District ...

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Lesser charge dismissed by appeals court

The Fourth Department has dismissed an attempted second-degree murder conviction because the defendant also was convicted of attempted first-degree murder. Defendant Keith McDonald was convicted in September 2015 of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree assault ...

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Appeals court orders resentencing

The Fourth Department has ordered a man to be resentenced because he was not represented by an attorney at his original sentencing. On Jan. 8, 2010, state Supreme Court Justice Dennis M. Kehoe resentenced Reggie Caswell for his conviction on ...

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