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Courts

Opinion: New York’s complex court bureaucracy shields judges from accountability

Judges are less accountable to the public than to court administrators who arbitrarily shuffle them around to different courts and issue secret memos to guide their interpretation of the law.

Protests

More than two-thirds of protesters arrested at Columbia and City College released with summonses

The majority of protesters have been released with summonses, but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is charging 46 Columbia protesters with trespassing and 22 City College protesters with burglary.

Interviews & Profiles

How does a New York Bar task force recommend colleges respond to the Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling?

Kapil Longani has left the New York City mayor's office and come to SUNY as senior vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel where he's taking on challenging legal questions about equity.

Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul is not done talking about crime

The governor highlighted her proposals to curb retail theft on Wednesday.

Criminal Justice

Bragg and Adams announce charges in Times Square attack

“The only thing worse than failing to bring perpetrators to justice would be to ensnare innocent people in the criminal justice system,” Bragg said of his “meticulous” investigation.

Andrew Cuomo

New DOJ settlement concludes Cuomo harassed state employees

Federal prosecutors released an agreement with the executive chamber based on its investigation into claims of harassment and retaliation against the former governor

Immigration

Can NYC make bus companies pay $700 million for transporting migrants?

New York City is targeting bus companies transporting migrants from Texas with a novel legal argument, but the path to legal victory is unclear.

Courts

Appellate court clears way for former Cuomo lawyer’s lawsuit

Craig Herskowitz, now a candidate running against incumbent Republican Rep. Nick LaLota, is suing the state for both sex discrimination and retaliation.

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Court of Appeals orders new round of redistricting before 2024 elections

The state Independent Redistricting Commission will get another chance to draw New York’s congressional districts.

Courts

Opinion: A new congressional map in New York for 2024? A big ‘if’ and ‘when’

The state’s highest court heard arguments this week in a case that will determine whether the Independent Redistricting Commission can produce a new map of congressional districts.

Courts

To redistrict or not to redistrict – that is the question (again)

Democrats and Republicans made their cases before the Court of Appeals on the fate of the current congressional lines.

Courts

New York’s progressive chief judge joins with conservatives to expand DNA searches by law enforcement

In a 4-3 decision, Chief Judge Rowan Wilson ruled that the Commission on Forensic Science has the authority to allow law enforcement to search DNA databases to find partial DNA matches from relatives of potential suspects.

Ethics

Cuomo wins initial legal fight to unravel new ethics commission

A conservative judge handed former Gov. Andrew Cuomo an early win in his legal fight against the state’s new ethics commission, which investigated Cuomo’s pandemic-era book deal.

Politics

4 things to know about Breon Peace, the prosecutor charging Rep. George Santos

The U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York is in the spotlight with this high-profile fraud case.

Policy

Public defenders tell legislators not to compromise on discovery reform

Dozens of public defender offices said that they were excluded from closed-door discussions about possible changes to the law.

Politics

Rowan Wilson confirmed as first Black chief judge of the Court of Appeals

The state Senate voted 40-19 to confirm Gov. Kathy Hochul’s most recent chief judge nominee.