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Criminal Law

Ex Suffolk ADA Glenn Kutzrock Suspended from Law for Two Years Due to Brady Violation

Its so rare when a prosecutor faces sanctions for withholding Brady and Rosario material that I felt it was worth reporting on as way to kick off what hopefully will be a better year for the wrongfully convicted languishing in prisons. For the non-lawyers who read/follow my blog, Brady is a legal term for evidence […]

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General Wrongful Convictions

What Keith Bush’s Exoneration Teaches Us About Wrongful Convictions

Keith Bush  spent 33 years in prison for the attempted rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl on Long Island. He was exonerated at an emotional court hearing in Suffolk County Wednesday. For those interested in working in the field of wrongful convictions or those who just have a general interest in these types of cases, […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Why $10 Million for Marty Tankleff is Not Enough

Suffolk County lawmakers on Thursday approved a $10 million settlement for Martin Tankleff, who served 17 years in prison for killing his parents before an appellate court overturned the conviction in 2007. The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee voted 5-0 for the settlement, which was recommended by County Attorney Dennis Brown. “There’s no amount of […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

$1 Million Suffolk County False Arrest Settlement Could Set High Bar

Nancy Genovese, an East Quogue woman who complained that she was treated like a terrorist when she was jailed for four days for taking pictures of a helicopter at the Air National Guard base in Westhampton Beach, will get $1.055 million in a federal court settlement with Suffolk County.The settlement came to light Tuesday when […]

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General

Suffolk Law Named after Casey Anthony Victim a Bad Idea

It was only a matter of time before some legislator could not restrain himself from grabbing a headline by offering “Caylee’s Law” for passage. That it was Suffolk Legislator Jon Cooper – whom I had previously considered to be one of the few reliable, sane politicians in our area- makes it doubly disappointing. “Caylee’s Law” […]