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New York State Court of Appeals

Apr 5, 2023

Legal groups issue ratings for NY chief judge nominees

The New York State Bar Association has released ratings for the seven candidates nominated to fill the vacancy of chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals and the state of New York.

May 27, 2022

Court reinstates convictions of man who sent sexual content to 15-year-old

The New York State Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court decision and reinstated convictions for a man who sent text messages with sexual content to a 15-year-old victim.

Apr 27, 2022

Split Court of Appeals upholds weapon conviction, saying error was harmless

The New York State Court of Appeals has upheld a weapon conviction, despite a ruling that the trial judge should not had admitted DNA evidence without a hearing..

Dec 30, 2021

Lawsuit against state revived, alleging wrongful imprisonment

A state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against the state of New York by a man who claims he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

Sep 10, 2021

Court of Appeals orders new trial after attorney kept out of psychiatric exam

The state’s highest court has ordered a new trial because a defense lawyer was not allowed to attend a psychiatric interview with the defendant.

Oct 22, 2020

Court of Appeals splits to affirm conviction

In a split decision, the state’s highest court has upheld an assault conviction in a case where a juror stood up in court and threatened to leave because she was offended by the language used by one of the lawyers. The incident “provided no basis to indicate (the juror) was grossly unqualified,” according to the […]

Jun 12, 2020

Court of Appeals reverses traffic stop ruling

The New York State Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court ruling that a search of a vehicle conducted by local police was improper because a federal law enforcement officer made the initial traffic stop. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and judges Leslie Stein, Michael Garcia, and Rowan D.  Wilson concurred. Judge Eugene M. Fahey […]

Nov 27, 2019

Ex-doctor’s conviction is upheld in opioid overdose deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state’s highest court has upheld a former doctor’s conviction in what was believed to be the state’s first manslaughter case against a physician in an overdose death. The Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in Stan Li’s case. The onetime anesthesiologist from Hamilton, New Jersey, was convicted in 2014 in […]

Aug 12, 2019

New York appeals court ruling halting Adirondack trail work

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is appealing a court decision that has halted trail work in the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the state’s highest court to reverse a mid-level court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the environmental group Protect the Adirondacks. The group sued in 2013, claiming the state […]

Jun 29, 2018

Appeals court: Infants, preschoolers must get flu shot

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s requirement that infants and preschoolers in city-regulated child care or school-based programs must get yearly flu shots was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court. The Court of Appeals said that the city’s Department of Health had the authority to require the shots, a rule the city first […]

Apr 12, 2018

Judge Leticia Astacio suspended after felony charge

The New York State Court of Appeals has suspended Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio  after authorities say she tried to buy a shotgun in violation of her probation for a drunken driving conviction. Astacio was charged Tuesday with attempted criminal purchase of a weapon. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Dick’s […]

Oct 18, 2017

New judge to be sworn in on New York Court of Appeals

The first openly gay member of New York state’s highest court is being sworn in. Judge Paul Feinman will formally take his place on the Court of Appeals following a ceremony Wednesday in Albany. Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge Sheila […]

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