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Supreme Court overturns murder conviction in case that raised questions of racial bias

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the most recent conviction of a Mississippi man who has been tried an extraordinary six times for a quadruple murder in 1996, finding that a zealous prosecutor once again had improperly ...

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Supreme Court rules that giant cross honoring military dead may remain on public land

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot cross erected as a tribute to war dead may continue to stand on public land in Maryland, rejecting arguments that it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The vote was ...

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Defendant’s absence triggers new trial

A man convicted of assault, menacing and unlawful imprisonment has been granted a new trial because he was not present in the courtroom when a prospective juror disclosed important information. Norman I. Geddis, 49, was convicted in May 2017 of ...

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Murder conviction overturned

An appellate court has reversed a murder conviction after agreeing with the defendant’s lawyer, who argued that her client intentionally killed the victim. Antoine Parris, 38, was convicted in February 2003 of second-degree murder and sentenced to a minimum of ...

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Plea vacated in burglary case

An appeals court has vacated a guilty plea in a burglary case because the trial judge failed to address the defendant’s complaints about his appointed attorney. Todd Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in November 2014. Monroe County Court ...

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Suppression issue sent back to trial court

The Fourth Department sent a case an appeal of a conviction on a weapon charge back to trial court because the judge failed to address the legality of a search. Robert Green pleaded guilty in February 2015 to second-degree criminal ...

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School district settles discrimination complaint

One of three Rochester school district employees suing the district for alleged discrimination has settled her case for $35,000. Kim Nixon, 51, who worked for the district from Sept. 13, 2010, until she was fired on Sept. 30, 2016, signed ...

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New trial ordered in attempted murder case

An appellate court has granted a new trial for a man convicted of attempted murder because the trial judge failed to act on complaints by the defendant about the effectiveness of his attorney. Charquan Edwards, 27, was convicted in Syracuse ...

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New trial ordered in attempted murder case

The state’s highest court has ordered a new trial for a Rochester man convicted of attempted murder in 2014. Samuel J. Smith, 29, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree criminal use of a firearm. The New ...

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Justice Evelyn Frazee retiring

Note: Friends and colleagues will gather at noon on Friday, June 14, in Courtroom 404 in the Hall of Justice to celebrate Frazee’s retirement. State Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Frazee is retiring after a 39-year law career, including 27 years ...

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Mock trial finals set for Saturday

The final event in a mock trial program sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology is set to take place Saturday. RIT GEAR UP is sponsoring the program for 11th graders from Rochester high schools. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and ...

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Hearing ordered in Onondaga County murder case

An appellate court has sent a murder case back to the trial judge to hold a hearing on the defendant’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. Glenn A. Pendergraph was convicted in November 2006 of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal ...

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