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Manhattan courthouses adapt to COVID so trials can return

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel is seen on the bench next to a witness box that is surrounded in plexiglass and contains a HEPA air filter, in a Manhattan federal courtroom, Friday, March 12, 2021, in New York. Castel, who presided over the first two pandemic-era jury trials in the fall, said COVID-19 protocols have become routine. “Once everybody gets into the rhythm and the flow, after the first day or day and a half it feels very any other trial." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The two big, busy federal courthouses in Manhattan took the adage that justice delayed is justice denied to heart when the coronavirus hit, creating a pandemic-safe environment for jurors that could be a blueprint for courts ...

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Ad battle rages in the personal injury domain

The breakup of Cellino & Barnes has had a side effect: A sustained increase in advertising by personal injury lawyers. (Bennett Loudon)

The breakup of Cellino & Barnes did more than turn one personal injury law firm into two. That very public divorce prompted advertising in the personal injury sector to spike exponentially in the Rochester marketplace and across Western New York. ...

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Eviction, foreclosure protection extended until May 1


Tenants financially burdened by the coronavirus pandemic will not face eviction proceedings until at least May 1, thanks the latest legislative action in New York. The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, ...

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Murder defendant gets new trial


The state’s highest court has upheld a lower court decision to reverse a murder verdict and grant a new trial to a Syracuse doctor who was convicted of killing his wife in July 2015. Robert Neulander, 68, was found guilty ...

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WH official won’t testify in impeachment probe without order

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., second from right, speaks with members of the media after former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman signaled that he would not appear as scheduled for a closed door meeting to testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Standing with Schiff are Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., from left, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — A former White House national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, prompting the Democrat leading the impeachment probe to declare that President Donald Trump’s administration is “building a powerful case” for his impeachment. Charles Kupperman , who ...

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Local attorney accepts national award

Greta Kolcon

The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) has been recognized by the group’s parent organization for a project to advance the careers of women attorneys by nominating more of them for awards. Greta K. Kolcon, who ...

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Rose McGowan sues alleging intimidation by Weinstein, others

Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at State Supreme Court for a hearing related to his sexual assault case, Thursday, July 11, 2019,  in New York. Weinstein's lawyer Jose Baez is going to court Thursday to get a judge's permission to leave the case, the latest defection from what was once seen as a modern version of O.J. Simpson's "dream team" of attorneys. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  LOS ANGELES — Actress Rose McGowan filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former attorneys engaged in racketeering to silence her and derail her career before she accused him of rape. The suit ...

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Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed

FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police report" and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury. Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Chicago’s lawsuit against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. U.S. District Virginia Kendall’s ruling means that Chicago’s suit that seeks to recoup $130,000 that city officials say the police department ...

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Second Circuit grants new trial in murder case


A Buffalo man convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering, murder and attempted murder will get a new trial because of his attorney’s conflict of interest. Roderick Arrington, 37, was convicted in September 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Western District ...

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Court upholds dismissal of indictment in couple’s killing

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a man accused of killing a couple who answered his Craigslist ad because some jurors in the case were not selected randomly. Ronnie ...

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Custom Brewcrafters sued for nearly $70,000


The now shuttered Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls is being sued for $68,836.63 plus interest as a result of unpaid dues on hops and other brewing equipment. Indie Hop LCC, based in Portland, Ore., alleges Custom Brewcrafters, or CB Craft ...

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