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Author Archives: Staff and Wire Reports

Videos show Rochester officers pepper-spraying 9-year-old


Police in Rochester released two body-camera videos Sunday of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called a chemical “irritant.” “I am deeply troubled by the macing and handcuffing of a child who ...

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Western NY man admits he conspired to traffic girl for sex

ROCHESTER — A western New York man is facing a sentence of up to life in prison after admitting he intended to traffic a girl for sex. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Brandon McNeal pleaded guilty in federal court in ...

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Western NY activists: Immigration case before Supreme Court to affect thousands here

The Supreme Court’s decision to conduct an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally ultimately will affect thousands of immigrant workers in western New York, activists said ...

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NY revises rules for disciplining attorneys

New York’s judiciary has adopted new rules for investigating and disciplining attorneys for misconduct in an effort to apply uniform rules statewide. The rules adopted by all four of New York’s appellate divisions, effective July 1, followed proposals by a ...

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Peradotto among 7 candidates on list for top court

The Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, an associate justice in the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department, is among seven candidates recommended by a state commission to fill the vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals that followed Judge Susan P. ...

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Elfgeeh admits trying to recruit people for Islamic State

Mufid Elfgeeh, the local pizza shop owner charged with aiding terrorists, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to trying to recruit people for the Islamic State. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to attempting to provide ...

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DiFiore nominated to be NY’s next chief judge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to be New York’s chief judge. DiFiore, Westchester’s top prosecutor for nearly a decade, would replace Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who is 70 and who must retire after this ...

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Feds: TX businessman bilked $970K from local financing firm

Federal authorities say a 43-year-old Texas businessman has been charged with bilking a Rochester-area financing company out of nearly $1 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that Bradley Boyd of Rhome, Texas was charged with wire fraud and money ...

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