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Criminal Law

Liang’s No-Jail Sentence Reflects Proportionality Missing From Many Criminal Cases

Brooklyn Supreme Judge Danny Chun sentenced former NYC Police Officer Peter Liang to 5 years Probation and 800 hours of community service for the shooting death of 28 year old Akai Gurley in a stairwell of the Pink Houses apartment complex. A few weeks ago, Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson shocked many people, especially those in […]

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Criminal Law

Brooklyn DA Walks Tightrope Recommending No Jail in Cop Shooting Case

Brooklyn NY District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is getting heat for recommending no jail time for convicted rookie Police Officer Peter Liang in the shooting death of Akai Gurley. But this case presented DA Thompson with a difficult position from the outset and I think the way he has handled it took a great deal of […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Two Verdicts Reflect Trend to Criminalize Civil Wrongs

This past week, juries rendered two “Guilty” verdicts in cases that were in some ways circumstances of their times as many verdicts in high-profile cases are. But they were also reflective of the growing trend to criminalize what used to be considered civil wrongs. While this trend has been seen mostly in the Byzantine matrix […]