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Federal Courts Will Soon Feel Effects of Shutdown

As this article is being written, the US government is in Day 20 of a government shutdown. Tomorrow, January 11 – will tie the record for the longest shutdown and it is also the first day that many Federal workers will miss a paycheck – if goes through the 15th even more workers will lose […]

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Constitutional Law

Heavy Issues Await Eight Member Supreme Court This Term

The 2016-2017 term of the Supreme Court of the United States will be heard by an eight member court since the Senate refuses to act on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by Judge Antonin Scalia’s death. In several media appearances during the summer break, SCOTUS justices expressed concern over […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

Fishy Case Makes SCOTUS Question Feds Prosecutions

The US Attorney’s Office took a beating in oral arguments before the Supreme Court yesterday over a case involving illegal fishing. The case shows how the Office often stretches the language and meaning of criminal statutes to cover actions that were never meant to be covered by the statute.  I have never been a fan […]

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Constitutional Law General

An Evening With “A Wise Latina”

Last night, I was invited by Judge Raymond Rodriguez (who currently sits on the bench in Brooklyn Criminal Court) to attend an event at the Second Circuit Court. The event was in support of a program started by CUNY Law School student Selina Caban that provides judicial internships to underprivileged NYC High School students. The […]