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Conflicting accounts raise vehicle stop issues

Police had probable cause to arrest a driver after smelling marijuana when he rolled down the window of his car, which he claims was moving and ordered to stop by the police officer. The standard of evidence for a vehicle ...

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Truckers fight having Thruway tolls pay for canals


Truckers throughout the country may proceed with a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority, claiming they are unconstitutionally being charged to support the state’s canal system. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday re-instated the ...

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Senate to exit Washington for summer break

The Senate bolted for the exits Wednesday as the chamber abandoned work on cybersecurity legislation and headed home for an almost five-week vacation, leaving the bulk of this year’s business for a tumultuous session this fall. Senate leaders reached a ...

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Firm to represent prison guards’ union

The union representing 20,000 New York prison guards is now represented by a law firm that includes former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco. His Buffalo-based law firm, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP has merged with the Albany-based firm that was ...

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Bid to hide political donors fails

Two political advocacy groups are considering a legal appeal after a New York state ethics board rejected their request to shield major donors from public disclosure. The New York Civil Liberties Union and Family Planning Advocates had asked the Joint ...

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Rochester man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Robert J. Palermo, 31, of Rochester, who was convicted of conspiracy to murder a witness, was sentenced today to 135 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Palermo, according to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tiffany H. ...

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NY attorney discipline system under review


Three attorneys Tuesday told a panel studying the state’s attorney discipline process that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” at least in the Fourth Department. Three non-attorney citizens, however, believe is it broke and requires more transparency. They were ...

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Half of blacks say police have treated them unfairly

WASHINGTON — A majority of blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason. ...

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Republican leader proposes gun background check bill

WASHINGTON — Backed by the National Rifle Association, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican leader introduced legislation Wednesday that would reward states for sending more information about residents with serious mental problems to the federal background check system for firearms purchasers. ...

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Tax filing problems could jeopardize health aid for 1.8M


WASHINGTON — About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to ...

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Klein assumes role as president-elect of ABA

Linda Klein, the managing shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices, assumed the role of president-elect of the 400,000 member American Bar Association Tuesday at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. She will serve a one-year term as ...

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NYSBA honored by ABA for promoting diversity

The New York State Bar Association has been selected as the winner of a 2015 American Bar Association Partnership Award for promoting diversity in the legal profession. The state bar’s Youth Law Day program, sponsored by the Committee on Diversity ...

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