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Litigation

Improving Nassau County’s Arraignment Practices

Awhile ago I wrote an article for “The Attorney” Magazine about the inequities of the arraignment process in Nassau County.  The article resulted in the re-construction and re-alignment of the courtroom where arraignments are held with the moving of the District Attorney’s desk from the front of the courtroom at the right hand of the […]

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Why Prosecutors Rarely Lose

Here’s a dirty little secret from the courtroom that will probably upset my friends in the criminal defense bar  – prosecutors rarely lose.  Area DA’s offices all boast conviction rates well above 90%. So why is it? It can’t be that they employ better lawyers, after all most of the assistant district attorneys are barely […]

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Court to Assess Value of Free Lawyers

The NY Times reported last week  that the Court of Appeals, NY’s highest court, would examine the adequacy of the public defender system in the State as a result of a class action lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union.   The NYCLU alleges in its complaint that the State violates the rights of […]