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Jan 22, 2021

Judge rejects motions for compassionate release

U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer has denied requests from four prison inmates seeking release because of COVID-19. In separate motions, the defendants — Albert M. Ranieri, Steve Gray, Tremec Jeffries, and Chris Kimball — all sought to be freed, claiming they had “extraordinary and compelling reasons” to have their sentences reduced. Ranieri pleaded […]

Jan 21, 2021

Federal inmate granted compassionate release

A federal judge has freed a prison inmate because of COVID-19 concerns. Defendant Artfaber Swails, 47, claimed he has “significant medical conditions that make him especially susceptible to serious consequences should he contract the virus.” Swails also claimed that Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Low, in Virginia, and U.S. Penitentiary Yazoo City, in Mississippi, where he [&hellip[...]

Sep 17, 2020

New court will address pandemic-related evictions

Court officials and local leaders have announced a new effort to help tenants facing possible eviction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, U.S Rep. Joe Morelle, Seventh Judicial District Administrative Judge Craig Doran, and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced the new Monroe County Special COVID Intervention Part (SCIP) court […]

Aug 17, 2020

NYSBA publishes book on ‘virtual lawyering’

The New York State Bar Association has published a new guide to “virtual lawyering.” The new guide was created to help attorneys adjust to changes necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 341-page book, titled Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide, includes 22 chapters and subchapters authored by former federal judges, former law clerks and some of […]

Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 challenges prisons

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a dramatic impact on the criminal justice system, not just in terms of modifying the way court appearances are handles, but how sentences are affected. There have been numerous motions from federal prison inmates seeking early release or home confinement as an alternative because of fears that they will […]

Jun 16, 2020

COVID-19 release denied

Two federal inmates have had their requests to be freed because of COVID-19 denied. Michael Herman, 38, who is now being held at the Seneca County Jail, filed a motion to be released pending sentence because of the pandemic. On Sept. 19, 2019, Herman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and […]

Jun 9, 2020

Federal inmate freed to avoid COVID-19

A federal judge has freed one prison inmate out of concerns over COVID-19, while denying another inmate’s request to be released before sentencing. In December 2019, Janet Flores pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer sentenced her to three years and one month […]

Jun 8, 2020

Inmate released because of COVID-19

A federal judge has freed one prison inmate because of COVID-19 and denied another inmate’s motion to be released. Donald McKinney, who has served only 18 months of a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges, had his request for compassionate release granted and his sentence was reduced to time served, plus five years of supervised […]

May 19, 2020

Courts begin transition to ‘new normal’

New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore released a 10-minute video message Monday to mark the re-opening of some parts of the state court system that has been operating on a limited basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today is a milestone day for us. As you are aware, New York has continued to make […]

May 18, 2020

ICE sued over COVID-19 at detention facility

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking better medical care for detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. The complaint filed Monday demands that ICE officials treat medically at-risk people in the facility according to Center for Disease Control and […]

Apr 23, 2020

COVID-19 sparks surge of child, spousal support calls for law firms

Sheltering at home is hard enough with a spouse and kids, but for divorced parents it can be a little more complicated. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls on visitation,” said Larry Schwind, partner and chair of the domestic relations department at Lacy Katzen LLP. “There’s been some degree of anxiety over ‘I’m not seeing […]

Apr 22, 2020

Marriage licenses available by appointment

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on Saturday allowing the use of video conferencing tools, like Zoom, for municipal clerks to issue marriage licenses and for couples to get married. But town clerks in Monroe County are not expected to use online video meeting tools. Instead, they have set up socially-distanced procedures to issue […]

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