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Article • December 12, 2017
New York Top Court Invalidates Local Laws Restricting Sex Offender Residency by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that efforts by local governments to restrict where sex offenders may reside in New York are preempted by state law, rendering them invalid. The court ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Filed under: False Arrest
$25,000 to Landlord in False Arrest Case by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis A New York landlord who was subjected to a warrantless arrest for alleged wrongful eviction was awarded $25,000 by a jury for false arrest. Landlord Barsiasa was accosted by NYPD officers in his home. The officers were ...
Brief • December 11, 2017
Parker v. City of New York, NY, Memo and Order, Solitary Confinement Case 1:15-cv-06733-CLP Document 58 Filed 12/11/17 Page 1 of 26 PageID #: 295 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -------------------------------------------------------------X ROY PARKER et al. on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, MEMORANDUM ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$77,980 in attorney's fees. $57,000 verdict in Excessive Force against New York Police by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 29, 2017, United States District Judge George B. Daniels, sitting in the Southern District of New York, adopted in part a magistrate's report and recommendation which granted attorney's fees ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$82,500 Damages to Detained American, Federal Judge Blasts ICE Officials by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis In a scathing opinion, Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, awarded a wrongfully detained American citizen $82,500 in damages for false ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Sexual Assault Claim Against Suffolk County, New York Jail Moves Forward by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis District Judge Ann M. Donnelly recently granted the Plaintiffs' motion to amend their 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint against the Suffolk County, New York jail, as well as the county sheriff and several ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Volunteers, Mayor Take Action to Clothe Freezing Prisoners in New York City by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The New York City Department of Correction and city officials are rethinking their policy of releasing prisoners without jackets during frigid winter months. The New York Daily News reported in December 2016 ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
Second Circuit Upholds $36 Million Jury Award, $5 Million in Fees in Wrongful Conviction Case by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On January 19, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the award of $36 million in damages and nearly $5 million in attorney fees to two New York ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
New York Jail Agrees to End Solitary Confinement of Juveniles by Matthew Clarke, Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna and Matt Clarke Jail officials in Syracuse, New York have agreed to end solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old juvenile offenders held at the Onondaga County Justice Center under the terms of ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Community Funds, Federal Legislation Challenging Bail System from Different Angles by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Kalief Browder was a 16-year-old arrested in New York City in 2012 on charges of stealing a backpack. The charges were later dismissed, but not before he sat in jail on Rikers Island for ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Lawsuit Over 22 Years of Continuous Segregation Reinstated by Second Circuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On January 24, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a ruling by a New York federal district court that dismissed a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who had challenged ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
New York City Agrees to Settle with Rikers Island Rape Victims for $1.2 Million by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In May 2017, the City of New York agreed to pay $1.2 million to two female prisoners to resolve claims of rape and sexual assault by a male guard at ...
The Elusive Dream: Closing Rikers Island by David Reutter, Matthew Clarke by David M. Reutter and Matt Clarke New York City’s Rikers Island, one of the nation’s largest jails, has a notorious history of violence – both by guards and prisoners. City leaders have long sought to solve the problem ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
President of New York City Guards’ Union Faces Corruption Charges by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Federal officials are pursuing corruption charges against Norman Seabrook, former president of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA). The charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud stemmed from Seabrook’s ...
Article • October 24, 2017
$5,485,394 Award in New York Wrongful Conviction Case by Christopher Zoukis Daniel Gristwood was a 29-year-old printer when he was arrested for the attempted murder of his wife on January 12, 1996. He initially confessed to the crime, and was convicted in New York state court based on that confession. ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Second Circuit: Ross Abrogates “Special Circumstances” Exhaustion Exception by The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the non-exhaustion dismissal of a New York prisoner’s excessive force suit. Applying Ross v. Blake, 136 S.Ct. 1850 (2016) [PLN, July 2016, p.22], the appellate court held that no administrative remedies were ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against County Jail in New York by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The family of deceased prisoner Jimmy Richardson filed a federal lawsuit against the Schenectady County Jail in New York in April 2017, alleging that the facility and its medical contractor, Correctional Medical Care, ...
Article • September 12, 2017
$1.3 Million+ Award of Attorney's Fees and Costs Approved in New York Unlawful Confinement Case that Netted Only $1 in Damages by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 17, 2016, Judge Jed A. Raskoff, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an ...
Publication • September 11, 2017
Prisoners' Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society - Letter to BOC Seeking Variance From Standards to Eliminate Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment in Correctional Facilities, 2017 1• ~• THE Prisoners' Rights Project 199 Water Street New York, NY 10038 T (2 12) 577-3530 F (2 12) 509-8433 www.legal-aid.org ·= ...
Article • September 6, 2017
City of New York Settles Police Beating Case for $614,500 by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The City of New York and two NYPD officers have settled a lawsuit alleging multiple beatings at the hands of officers. Jateik Reed, William Reid and Trevor Nigel alleged that they were improperly stopped ...
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