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Trial underway in 2014 apartment shootings

Opening statements were made Wednesday in Monroe County Court in the murder trial of 23-year-old Steve Fulcott, accused of shooting three people to death in a Rochester apartment two years ago. Fulcott is charged in the fatal shootings of Jermiliah ...

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Police: Canadians arrested in grandparent scam

ALBANY — Authorities say they’ve charged four Canadian women in New York with trying to scam money from older people by claiming the victims’ grandchildren were in legal trouble. State police say their investigators, local police and federal agents made ...

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Dean J. Fero, a lawyer who helped lawyers, dies at 85

Dean J. Fero, who was honored for community service and helping fellow lawyers deal with personal struggles during his six decades as an attorney in his native Monroe County, died of respiratory and kidney failure Monday at his Brighton home. ...

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NYC mayor to unveil ‘gun court’

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lay out a new system Tuesday to tackle gun-related violence. Those charged with firearm possession will be sent to one of two dedicated gun courtrooms in state ...

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High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour ...

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Social media and family court: When clients just don’t listen

We’ve all seen enough crime scene investigation television shows and cops-and-lawyer movies to be aware that phone and computer records can be subpoenaed. We also know that just because you deleted something, it doesn’t mean it’s gone. So it would ...

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Second Circuit affirms Tonawanda Coke convictions

The U. S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the 2013 convictions and sentence of the Tonawanda Coke Corp. for environmental pollution. Tonawanda Coke was convicted of 11 counts of ...

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Justice Whalen to lead Fourth Department

The office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the appointment of the Hon. Gerald J. Whalen as Presiding Justice for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. He replaces Justice Henry Scudder, who has reached mandatory retirement age. Justice Whalen was ...

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Pro bono attorney plays Santa to his client

For attorney Jeremy Peterman, People v Mark A. Smith was his first criminal case. But he was more than an appeals lawyer for his pro bono client. After winning his appeal, Peterman turned into Santa Claus. He got Smith out ...

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NYSBA announces annual meeting agenda

Any of these topics grab you: Social media, legal ethics, the state Constitution, music rights management, crowdfunding, data protection and electronic surveillance in the workplace, human trafficking, mediation and arbitration, or manipulation in the financial services industry? All are up ...

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High court dispute over union fees could curb labor’s clout

WASHINGTON — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union. LaPorte and thousands of other public school teachers stopped contributing to the union after ...

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County police chiefs want thousands more ‘parole officers’

The Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police has joined its counterparts in Western New York and at the state level to call the use of more than 60,000 sworn police officers to help monitor parolees. The proposal and other ...

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