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Federal suit moves ahead over service dog in school

Devyn Pereira and her service dog Hannah.

A federal lawsuit over the need for an adult handler for a service dog in a Rochester-area school district will move forward. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice filed the suit against the Gates-Chili Central School District in September ...

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Wrongly convicted man awarded $6.2 million settlement

A man who was wrongly convicted of rape and spent six years in state prison has been awarded $6.2 million by a federal judge in a lawsuit against the city of Rochester. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. ...

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The Daily Record launches new blog for young lawyers; writers wanted

The Daily Record is excited to launch Generation J.D., a new blog written by young lawyers for young lawyers. We hope it will be a place where you can share ideas and information, advice and expertise, failures and frustrations, stories ...

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Federal court faults inmate grievance procedures: Harter Secrest partner wins pro bono assignment


The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has recommended that the New York state prison system change its inmate grievance procedures, which were described in a recent opinion as overly complicated and confusing. In a decision released ...

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John R. Parrinello’s federal court suspension extended to New York courts

Prominent Rochester attorney John R. Parrinello, who was suspended from federal courts for 180 days in January, is now also suspended in all courts. In a June 17 decision from the Grievance Committee of the Fourth Department, Parrinello was suspended ...

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Wal-Mart customer wants $300,000 for applesauce mishap

An Ontario County woman is suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for $300,000 because she says she was injured when a plastic bag broke and a large bottle of applesauce fell on her foot. Juanita Aikens, of Geneva, was shopping at the ...

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Political operative indicted, Supreme Court judge pleads guilty and resigns

New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday announced the indictment of Democratic political consultant G. Steven Pigeon and a related guilty plea and resignation from Justice John A. Michalek, a state Supreme Court Justice in the Eighth ...

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Court of Appeals refines how judges handle expert testimony about eyewitness

A divided New York State Court of Appeals has reinstated a murder conviction and modified the way trial judges decide whether to allow expert testimony about eyewitness identifications. In a decision released Tuesday, the Court voted 4-3 to reverse a ...

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Defendants want civil rights case moved to federal court

A lawsuit initially filed in state Supreme Court against the City of Rochester, the Rochester Police Departments and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, will likely be moved to federal court at the request of the defendants. The suit, filed ...

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