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Lawrence Kasperek possesses a ‘deep sense of justice’

Lawrence Kasperek

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 ...

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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 ...

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Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016

Luis Vargas, who has been in prison for 16 years, reacts in court as he is exonerated Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Los Angeles. A judge exonerated Vargas, convicted of three rapes, after DNA evidence linked the crimes to a serial rapist wanted for assaults dating back two decades. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

(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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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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