NYCLU Claims Major Victory in Case Against Police Cellphone Spying

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Stingray devices can track mobile phones directly, and their secrets are jealously guarded by law enforcement.
A judge in upstate New York has dealt a significant blow to the secrecy surrounding one of the creepiest tools currently in use by cops across the country.

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Harlem Papa John's Franchisee Will Fight $2 Million Judgment for Underpaying

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Ron Johnson's Papa John's location at 703 Lenox Avenue in Harlem
Ronald Johnson, who once was a rising star in the New York City business community, must now fork over $2 million after refusing to pay his 447 Papa John's employees $7.25 an hour.

On March 3, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Joan Kenney filed a judgment that ordered Johnson and his company to pay $2,126,166.34 in owed wages, un-reimbursed expenses, liquidated damages, and interest. But Johnson's attorney, George Peters, says he's not going to see his client pay the debts without first pursuing all avenues to reduce them.

"He may have done some things that were improper," Peters tells the Voice. "But it didn't rise to the $2 million level."


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Bill to 'Ban Machetes' in New York Won't Actually Ban Machetes at All

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Jungle explorers, fear not — your machete is safe.
New York state senator Tony Avella set off something of a conservative freakout this week when he proposed new regulations on machetes in New York.

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If You Like Online Porn, and You Live in New York, You Might Be Getting Sued

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Alleged porn downloaders may soon be in the grips of an aggressive legal strategy.
Malibu Media, which runs the website X-art.com and is one of the country's most prolific copyright litigators, has brought its crusade against porn piracy to the Big Apple.

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A Fervent Cop Supporter Changes His Mind About NYPD After Gravity Knife Arrest

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Carsten Vogel's arrest under an archaic knife law has changed his view of police.
A few weeks ago, when relations between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio were at their nadir, some of Carsten Vogel's friends had been enthusiastically bashing the NYPD on Facebook.

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Ex-Governor David Paterson's Drug Law Reforms Are Actually Sort of Almost Working

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A landmark 2009 reform of New York's drug laws seems to be working as more offenders are being diverted to treatment programs rather than languishing behind bars.

A study released by the nonprofit Vera Institute also finds that there has been less of a racial disparity in sentencing since the reforms were enacted, and for those who do end up doing time, recidivism rates seem to be on the decline as well.

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Controversial Gravity Knife Law Challenged in Federal Court

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A constitutional challenge against a controversial knife law continues.
A New York appeals court heard oral arguments on January 14 in a challenge to a controversial knife law that has landed tens of thousands of suspects in jail over the past ten years.

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Legislation to Amend a Controversial New York Gravity Knife Law Heads to Assembly

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The original gravity knife bears little resemblance to the knives that currently land New Yorkers in jail.
A Manhattan lawmaker will take another stab at changing a knife law that has led to the arrest of as many as 60,000 people in New York City over the last ten years and drawn criticism from all over the legal community.

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Partial Testimony From Garner Grand Jury Is Released, Tells Us Nothing

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Large-scale demonstrations began within hours of the grand jury's announcement.
The grand jury investigating the death of Eric Garner heard from 50 witnesses, 22 of them civilians, as it considered whether to charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo with a range of crimes including manslaughter.

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New York City Pays out $7,500 for 'Malicious Prosecution' Under Controversial Knife Law

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A surprisingly blatant misreading of New York law landed Jon Worthley in jail.
If there was any doubt that authorities are more or less making up New York's knife laws as they go along, Jon Worthley is the proof.

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