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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New York City Is Accused of Massive Medicaid Fraud Scheme

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New York City has allegedly squeezed millions out of Medicaid.
Federal authorities say they've uncovered a long-running Medicaid scam that extracted millions in fraudulent gains, and was run by...New York City.

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Duke Ellington Still Being Stiffed on Royalties, 40 Years After His Death

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Duke Ellington, legendary jazz musician, just lost a battle with his publisher.
Duke Ellington has been dead for 40 years, but his record company, EMI Music Publishing, is still playing hardball with the jazz great's cut of the loot.

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'Illiterate' Defendant Who Couldn't Understand the Word 'Attorney' Nonetheless Convicted

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A defendant in over his head gives a faulty confession.
When 18-year-old Willi Adames was held by police in connection with a fatal shooting in June of 2008, he ostensibly waived his right to an attorney before giving a detailed, recorded statement implicating himself in the crime.

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OWS Activist Cecily McMillan Found Not Guilty of Interfering with Arrest in Union Square Subway

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McMillan and her attorney Martin Stolar await a verdict on October 10
A jury has found former Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan not guilty of interfering with an arrest in a Union Square subway station. McMillan was charged with obstruction of governmental administration on December 7, 2013, when two police officers said she interfered with their investigation of two people they suspected of turnstile-jumping. McMillan, who faced up to a year in jail on the charges, hugged her attorney, Martin Stolar, when the verdict was read, then yelled "thank you!" at the jury as they departed.

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