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COVID-19 release denied

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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 ...

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Federal inmate freed to avoid COVID-19

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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 ...

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Inmate released because of COVID-19

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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 ...

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Courts begin transition to ‘new normal’

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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 ...

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ICE sued over COVID-19 at detention facility

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Marriage licenses available by appointment

Meghan Barteld, 36, and Nigel Riley, 36, were outside the entrance to the Perinton Town Clerk's office Wednesday morning completing forms and submitting documents to get a marriage license. Although their offices are closed to the public, Pernton and other Monroe County towns have established a system to issue marriage licenses during the pandemic with no personal contact.

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 ...

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Estate planning and health care proxies require special methods during pandemic

Sharon Wick, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, carried out the witnessing of a will last week in a client’s garage in Erie County. Maintaining the appropriate distance to avoid the potential spread of the COVID-19, Wick and her client, ...

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Despite Naval incident, it’s still illegal to retaliate against whistleblowers

While this week has shown retaliation is apparently practiced in the military, the federal Department of Labor nevertheless is reminding employers that it’s illegal to retaliate against workers who report conditions made unsafe because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That means ...

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Businesses seeking essential status

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Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all non-essential businesses to close temporarily to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials are considering applications from many firms to have their classification changed, at least partly, to the essential ...

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