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Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Inmate denied release

U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer has denied a request from a prison inmate to be released because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Defendant Julie Cota pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced on August 29, 2019, ...

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Request for release denied

A federal judge has denied a request from a prison inmate asking to be released because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Defendant Kurt Redance initially filed a pro se motion seeking early release from Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Allenwood Low in ...

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UB Law School offers new degree

The University at Buffalo School of Law has announced a new advanced degree program. The School of Law now offers a doctor of juridical science (JSD), its most advanced degree. The JSD is for students interested in making original contributions to ...

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Tampering conviction overturned

A state appeals court has reversed a tampering with a witness conviction because the victim was not actually scheduled to testify at the time of the alleged incident. In April 2016, defendant Mark A. Diroma was convicted of third-degree tampering ...

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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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