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Inmate misses hearing out of fear of being beaten

A former state prisoner who missed an assessment hearing out of fear of being beaten wants his sex offender risk level downgraded, claiming his absence was involuntary. James Poleun, 47, pleaded guilty in 2009 in Niagara County Court to a ...

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House OKs GOP bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

WASHINGTON — A divided House voted Friday to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year, as Republican leaders tried to keep GOP outrage over abortion from spiraling into an impasse with President Barack Obama that could shut down the ...

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Defense says teen killer was under duress

Defense counsel for a young man, who as a teenager was involved in the brutal murder of another teen, is asking an appeals court to reduce his conviction because she says the trial judge should have allowed a defense of ...

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UNITE Rochester hosting 2nd Court Academy

UNITE Rochester will host its second Court Academy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Asbury First United Methodist Church Gathering Center, 1040 East Ave. The Court Academy is a project of the UNITE Rochester Justice Engagement Committee. UNITE Rochester ...

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Independent contractors not so independent

When employers use independent contractors instead of hiring employees, they avoid myriad costs, from payroll taxes to health insurance. But employers beware: In the current environment, your independent contractors are likely to be considered employees, and getting it wrong can ...

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CNY judge critical of civil confinement

A New York man imprisoned for almost 30 years and then held in civil confinement for another eight is being released with strict and intensive supervision. Supreme Court Justice James C. Tormey III, hearing an Oneida County case in Onondaga ...

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Appeals court gives OK to Seneca casino

NEW YORK — An appeals court has upheld a lower-court’s rejection of a lawsuit challenging the Seneca Indian Nation’s right to operate a casino in Buffalo. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. It rejected ...

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GOP senators ask Justice to clarify Clinton email inquiry

WASHINGTON — Two top Republican senators asked the Justice Department on Monday whether it is conducting a criminal investigation related to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private server for email and whether the computer specialist who helped set it ...

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Got a $100 million tax bill? Your check is no good at IRS

No checks, please. Starting next year, you’re check won’t be any good at the IRS — if you’re making a tax payment of $100 million or more. The IRS says it will reject all checks for more than $99,999,999 because ...

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UNITE Rochester hosts 2nd Court Academy

UNITE Rochester will host its second Court Academy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Asbury First United Methodist Church Gathering Center, 1040 East Ave. The Court Academy is a project of the UNITE Rochester Justice Engagement Committee. UNITE Rochester Justice ...

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