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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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Heroin epidemic gains Congressional attention


The mortality rate associated with heroin overdoses climbed 39 percent in 2013, the latest year in which statistics are available. That is more than the triple the 2012 heroin-related death rate, according to Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wisconsin, who conducted ...

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Deadline extended for Court of Appeals vacancies

The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination is extending the deadline for submitting applications for the forthcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Associate Judge Susan Phillips Read. Applications, originally due Aug. 10, must ...

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Senate vote on Planned Parenthood prelude to fall battle

In the aftermath of the Senate’s derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle. Within minutes of Monday’s Senate vote, abortion-rights ...

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