To Lawrence Kasperek, there’s no more lonely experience than rising in defense of your client in a packed courtroom. But being a criminal defense lawyer is all he’s ever wanted to do. And now, because of his dedication to the ...Read More »
Hiring and firing, crisis management part of RPD reform proposal
Mayor Lovely Warren wants the city of Rochester to have the power to fire police officers for cause, believes the police hiring process must be overhauled and seeks to redirect funding from law enforcement staffing to other community engagement programs ...Read More »
Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016
(AP) — The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday. A record ...
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4 found guilty of kidnapping, torturing UR students
ROCHESTER — Four people have been convicted of charges stemming from the kidnapping and torturing of two college students in Rochester last year.A jury on Monday found the two men and two women guilty of kidnapping the two male University ...Read More »
Fourth Department grants third trial in sexual abuse case
A Rochester man twice convicted of sexual assault will get a third trial because of how the judge handled the victim’s refusal to testify. Rayland L. Hicks, 32, was first convicted in Monroe County Court in February 2008 of ...
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Former NY college coach acquitted of killing ex’s 12-year-old son
CANTON — A black former college soccer coach accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old white son in a largely white upstate town was found not guilty Wednesday by a judge. Oral “Nick” Hillary hugged his lawyer and cried as Judge ...
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Arrest in 2003 fatal robbery made after suspect tricked into giving DNA sample
An accused bank robber and killer who managed to elude authorities for more than 13 years may have ultimately incriminated himself by daring to contact FBI agents to claim he was the victim of a scam. Richard Leon Wilbern, ...
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Cuomo’s ex-aide, university head charged with bribery
NEW YORK (AP) — A former top adviser who Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo once likened to a brother was among eight men arrested Thursday in a bribery and fraud case that threatens to tarnish Cuomo’s efforts to spur the ...
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Rochester City Court judge dismisses resisting arrest charge
Rochester City Court Judge Ellen M. Yacknin dismissed a resisting arrest charge against a man who refused to let himself be handcuffed because, ruling that there was no lawful arrest to resist. But she left intact a second-degree ...Read More »
Webster judge dismisses disorderly conduct charge
Webster Town Justice Thomas J. DiSalvo has dismissed a disorderly conduct charge, saying there was no evidence the defendant’s actions caused public harm. A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy filed paperwork alleging that on June 18, 2016, defendant Jesus M. Vega ...
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Parole denied for the 9th time for John Lennon’s killer
ALBANY — John Lennon’s killer will remain behind bars after being denied parole for the ninth time. The New York state Board of Parole on Monday announced that it has again denied parole to Mark David Chapman, who on Dec. ...Read More »
FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks
NEW YORK — The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states. In a confidential “flash” alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo ...
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