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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Ontario County company sued for discrimination

An Ontario County company is being sued by a former worker who claims she was not rehired after being injured because of her age. In 2010, Linda Lu DiMarco, a Monroe County resident, started working for G.W. Lisk, located in ...

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Chief lawyer at UR returns to private practice at the top of her game

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Gail M. Norris, former vice president and general counsel at the University of Rochester, is entering a new phase of her career. In November, Norris, 61, retired from her position at the region’s largest employer and moved to the law ...

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Assault case sent back to Wayne County Court

Appellate Division Fourth Department

An assault case has been sent back to trial court to resolve a potentially contradictory verdict. Loirmus Desius was convicted in July 2018 after a bench trial of two counts of second-degree assault. Wayne County Court Judge Daniel G. Barrett ...

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New trial granted in robbery case

Appellate Division Fourth Department

A state appellate court has granted a new trial in a robbery case because the judge arranged to have a witness testify against the defendant in exchange for a more lenient sentence in their own case. Terrance Lawhorn was convicted ...

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Gang assault conviction reduced

Appellate Division Fourth Department

A state appellate court has revised the verdict in an assault case because the trial evidence was insufficient. Ronald Nelson was convicted of first-degree gang assault in June 2015. In a decision released Friday, the Appellate Division of state Supreme ...

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Men’s salon sues former employee and competitor

The Men’s Room is located at 2430 Monroe Ave., Brighton. (Bennett Loudon)

A men’s grooming salon in Brighton is suing a former employee and her new employer for allegedly violating a non-compete agreement and sharing information about her former employer’s clients. The Men’s Room of Rochester Inc., which is represented by attorney ...

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New trial granted on drug charge

Appellate Division Fourth Department

A man convicted of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance will get a new trial because the judge refused to instruct the jury to include the lesser included offense of seventh-degree CPCS. Justice Stephen K. Lindley found that the ...

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SU to offer first online joint JD/MBA degree

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Syracuse University College of Law is offering the nation’s first online joint JD/MBA program in partnership with Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The new joint degree combines the law school’s ABA-accredited JDinteractive program with the Whitman School’s ...

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Rhode Island ad agency files copyright suit

A Rhode Island advertising agency is suing a Cattaraugus County company in federal court for allegedly using copyrighted pictures without permission. The plaintiff, Adlife Marketing & Communications Co. Inc., is based in Pawtucket, R.I., and specializes in design, digital marketing, ...

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Pro se appeal denied

A Rochester man has lost an appeal of his driving while intoxicated conviction. Charles R. Grefer was convicted on Feb. 20 and sentenced in June to six months in jail. Grefer represented himself in the appeal. Grefer argued that his ...

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Evidence suppressed in drunk driving case

Several charges have been dismissed against a Tompkins County man because charges against him were based on evidence found on a memory card in a dashboard camera in the man’s vehicle, even though police only had a warrant to obtain ...

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Letter urges removal of ‘Question 34’

The deans of 14 out of New York state’s 15 law schools have sent a letter to Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge of the state’s courts, urging the state to remove question 34 from the state’s application for admission ...

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