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.


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.


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.


Senate Judiciary Committee votes to advance Rowan Wilson

Members of the committee voted to advance Hochul’s latest nominee for a full Senate vote.


Bronx DA Darcel Clark the main driver of recent proposed changes to discovery reform

Clark has said the 2019 discovery reforms went too far and cost her office prosecutors.


Hochul and legislative leaders consider changes to discovery reform, worrying public defenders

As state budget negotiations continue, state leaders are rumored to be considering relaxing requirements for prosecutors to turn over evidence quickly.


Opinion: New York must pass the Access to Representation Act for immigrants facing deportation

The legislation would ensure migrants have a right to a lawyer when appearing before an immigration court.


Class action suit filed against state correction department for violating solitary confinement laws

Lawyers accuse the department of not upholding the 2021 bill placing strict restrictions on the use of solitary confinement for incarcerated people.


Rowan Wilson picked to be chief judge, as Hochul eyes Caitlin Halligan for associate judge

Wilson, who would be the first Black chief judge in New York state, was tapped following the rejection of Hector LaSalle.

New York State

Brian Benjamin argues to keep the dropped corruption charges dropped

Lawyers for the former lieutenant governor filed a new brief on Friday making the case that democracy itself hangs in the balance.

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New York State

Shelley Mayer will join state Judiciary Committee

The state senator is the second new committee member to have publicly announced that she would not vote to confirm Hector LaSalle as chief judge.

News & Politics

Latino politicians split on Hochul’s embattled chief judge pick

In a letter shared exclusively with City & State, more than 70 Latinx leaders explained their opposition to chief judge nominee Hector LaSalle.


Opinion: How a court’s mission aligned with its response to Superstorm Sandy

The Red Hook Community Justice Center takes a holistic approach to overcoming challenges following Superstorm Sandy by increasing civic engagement and prioritizing social services.

Health Care

How the Supreme Court’s case on the ACA could hurt New York

If the Affordable Care Act is struck down, at least 1 million New Yorkers could lose their health insurance.