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High court sides with trooper over shooting

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Texas state trooper who was sued after he fatally shot a man fleeing from officers during a 2010 high-speed chase outside Amarillo. The court ruled that Trooper Chadrin Mullenix ...

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Helping terror suspects return to society

WASHINGTON — In the last two months, two Minnesota men have admitted they plotted to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State, a New Jersey man pleaded guilty to helping his brother fly to the Middle East to ...

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Half of black millennials know of police violence

WASHINGTON — Long before the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. ...

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Man charged in bank robbery, suspect in others

BUFFALO — A 37-year-old man has been charged in what federal authorities say was the first of more than a dozen connected bank robberies in western New York. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Casey Swain of Buffalo made his initial ...

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Criminal justice reformers meet in Washington

Last week, more than 130 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and attorneys general from all 50 states called for reduced incarceration in the United States, while maintaining public safety. The group, which calls itself Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and ...

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Former WNY deputy faces jail contraband charge

GENESEO — A former sheriff’s deputy in western New York accused of smuggling chewing tobacco into jail faces contraband, bribery and conspiracy charges. Ryan O’May worked in the corrections division of the Livingston County Jail, about 30 miles south of ...

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COA: Mental patient can challenge unlawful detention

ALBANY — New York’s top court ruled Thursday that a mentally ill patient who is sent involuntarily to a psychiatric hospital has a right to challenge detention once the court order for treatment expires. The Court of Appeals, split 5-1, ...

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Threatened inmate denied sex offender risk reduction

The sex offender risk level of a Niagara Falls man will not be lowered because he felt he was unable to attend a hearing on the matter for fear of being beaten by corrections officers at the Attica Correctional Facility. ...

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Lawyer: Mom too meek to stop son’s fatal beating

NEW HARTFORD — A woman charged with beating her teenage son to death inside a church felt helpless to stop an intervention that spiraled into violent punishment by others, her lawyer said Thursday. As the encounter turned violent, Deborah Leonard ...

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Downstate judge resigns

Robert C. Cerrato, a Yonkers City Court judge in Westchester County, has resigned from office after being served with formal disciplinary charges, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Wednesday. As stipulated, Judge Cerrato agreed not to seek ...

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