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Mar 5, 2018

Dean Skelos wants retrial moved from state

NEW YORK (AP) — A former top lawmaker in New York, citing “insurmountable prejudice,” wants his retrial on corruption charges moved to another state. Lawyers for former Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, said in a Manhattan federal court filing Thursday that moving the trial to somewhere beyond the reach of the […]

Jul 24, 2015

Commentary: Learn from the pattern of your peers at trial

As a seasoned jury consultant, I’ve become familiar with client tendencies in working up a trial. No matter what type of case I handle, I see the same patterns emerge, time and time again. Here’s a countdown of the 10 most common. Which numbers apply to you? 10) Attorneys grossly overestimate their witnesses’ abilities or […]

Apr 25, 2014

Bernie Goetz headed for trial in pot-sale case

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Goetz is headed toward a trial in his New York marijuana case after rebuffing a plea offer involving 10 days of community service. A defense lawyer told a judge Thursday that Goetz remains uninterested in that deal. He’s preparing for a trial in the Manhattan court complex where he was […]

Mar 3, 2014

Bin Laden’s son-in-law goes on trial in NYC

NEW YORK — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was introduced to prospective jurors Monday at the start of his trial on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan asked Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to turn and face […]

Jan 30, 2014

Helping to heal a divided community after shooting

The nation watched Sanford, Fla., in mid-July as people waited for the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, wondering how the community would react if he were acquitted. Watching with them was Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, whose department is within walking distance of the circuit courthouse where Zimmerman was found not guilty of […]

Nov 12, 2013

Woman’s trial in fire-gun case delayed to April

A trial has been delayed until next year for the woman accused of buying the guns a convicted felon used to shoot and kill firefighters during a Christmas Eve ambush in Webster last year. Dawn Nguyen’s trial is now scheduled for April, said David Marion, a spokesman for the Monroe County district attorney’s office. Jury […]

Aug 20, 2013

Trooper accused of attacking 3 women

ALBANY — A state trooper faces the first of three trials this fall on charges he attacked three women over the past five years. Trevor Donah is accused of domestic violence that included rapes, assaults, choking and unlawfully holding the women against their will in northern New York. The defense says Donah is looking forward […]

Aug 6, 2013

Court: Ex-NY Senate leader can face trial

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court says former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno can be tried on two counts of mail fraud despite his claims it would constitute double jeopardy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Tuesday that a lower court was right to deny Bruno’s request to […]

Oct 17, 2012

9/11 ‘mastermind’ in camo for Gitmo court

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — The self-styled terrorist mastermind of Sept. 11 wore a camouflage vest for the first time Wednesday at his military war crimes tribunal, a clothing choice previously denied because of fears it might disrupt the court. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has told authorities he was behind the hijacking plot, wore […]

Jun 6, 2012

Parrinello case postponed

The case of local attorney John R. Parrinello is postponed until July 24.   Parrinello was due in City Court on Tuesday before Judge Thomas Rainbow Morse who announced the date had been changed because Parrinello’s attorney, David Rothenberg, is working on a trial in another matter and was unavailable.   Parrinello is charged with […]

Jun 4, 2012

AMA: Most med-mal cases get dismissed

Almost 55 percent of all medical malpractice cases are dismissed and less than 5 percent make it to trial, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association. Further, most of the cases that go to trial — 79.6 percent —  “were judged in favor of the physician,” concludes the study, titled Outcomes […]

May 31, 2012

Sheriff’s deputy’s claims can proceed

In a decision and order issued last week, U.S. District Court, WDNY Judge Michael A. Telesca ruled that Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Albertelli’s claims against the county for violating her procedural due process rights and for municipal liability can move forward to trial. “We’re very happy to take these limited issues to trial,” said […]

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