“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,”
“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,”
Months of protests urged prosecutors and police to support criminal justice reform. But court records show a different path.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-Massachusetts) said she sent a letter to the SEC Chairman asking that agency to look at the potential for insider trading.
Online video shows men grabbing a woman during a demonstration and hauling her away in an unmarked van. Police said they arrested the woman on suspicion of damaging police cameras.
“There are men just like me in there. They should have been walking out with me. But instead they’ll probably die in prison.”
“I destroyed that legacy that I built over 35 years,” he said, blaming his downfall on “improper, selfish and ethically indefensible” behavior that grew from a sense of entitlement.
They made several crimes once again eligible for bail, including second-degree burglary, promoting child pornography and vehicular manslaughter.
The government acknowledged problems with sharing evidence with the defense, but prosecutors argue the missteps were inadvertent, not malicious. A judge is assessing the matter.
Video shows an officer using an apparent chokehold on a man who had been shouting invective at passersby and police. Chokeholds have been banned in New York City since 1993.
Action comes one week after Black Caucus members led protest on House floor
“It’s about people wanting to change. Well, New York will be the place that actually makes the change and we pass laws that have done just that.”
For years, the governor says, Democrats in the state didn’t have the political or popular support to enact reforms. Now, lawmakers have passed sweeping police accountability and transparency measures.
“We want police accountability, we want police reform. We want to make sure that if someone makes a 911 call and a false claim, this is potentially a hate crime.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a tweet, called the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
“It takes resources away from the things that we actually need in our community, that make our community thrive.”
“If the police were arresting looters, and they were then being arrested and returned to the street the next day again, that would be nonsensical.”
Both officers, one a Buffalo Police officer and the other a New York State trooper, are currently in stable condition.
Pennsylvania DA says he’s withdrawing citation against woman who allegedly violated stay-at-home order
“Tell them I am doing well, taking it day by day. Spending most of the days sleeping. Symptoms seem to come and go in waves.”
“Nobody is looking to get anybody unnecessarily involved in the legal system.”
“Now people are trapped in their homes, sometimes unsafe, non respectful loving homes.”
“It is wrong for New York State to have prisoners do those types of labor, because they’re getting paid slave wages.”
The New Yorker journalist, who led the reporting on the movie producer’s decades of alleged sexual assault, hailed the bravery of the women who spoke up. Still, he said, “there’s a long way to go.”
An account traced to him had uploaded an image showing a sexual act between a female minor and adult male. The office said police found two other images on Folmer’s cell phone.
The Leader of the New York State Senate says it’s likely that changes will soon be made to the state’s new bail reform laws, which end most forms of cash bail for non violent offenses.
“As a 25-year law enforcement professional, it is unfathomable that information which could be used to prevent crime or a potential terrorist attack, is purposely being withheld.”
Pennsylvania sentences a lot of people to life without the possibility of parole. Research has shown their odds of reoffending are low after years of incarceration.
“The rights secured in our Constitution carry with them certain responsibilities. When it comes to the First Amendment, that responsibility includes the obligation not to threaten to kill others.”
“It did change how I look at people because they’re not, like, all criminals. There are more of, like, people who maybe, like, just had bad luck.”
Brian Kolb stepped down from his leadership post after being arrested for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be profane to be profound.”
A lawyer says Madoff, who is serving a 150-year sentence, suffers from terminal kidney failure. The Federal Bureau of Prisons denied a similar request for release last year.
New York prosecutors have said their piece; now it’s time for Weinstein’s legal team to take the stage. But before his rape trial moves on, here’s a glimpse of the four biggest courtroom moments so far.
“They don’t give a damn about our community. What they want is to continue to put black and brown folk and poor white folk (in jail).”
“This is the number one issue, it’s not even close. This is what people are talking about.”
The county prosecutor is willing to consider the idea for offenders who committed crimes at a young age and have proven their rehabilitation while behind bars.
For years, dark rumors swirled around the movie producer. So how did those whispered allegations result in a full-fledged criminal trial? Here’s an abridged history.
A bill that would change the process made it through a House committee unanimously, and now goes to the full chamber for a vote.
Bail reform has become a major flashpoint, with Republicans and some Democrats saying the law has meant some repeat offenders and potentially violent suspects being released too quickly.
“There is a lot of people exaggerating the situation. The vast majority of people, they are non-violent crimes, that’s the premise, they are misdemeanors.”
“They are tone-deaf. They are not listening to people back in their districts.”
The chamber narrowly passed a measure that would require judges to issue consecutive sentences for multiple crimes involving guns.
The approximately 170 letters filed in U.S. District Court this week paint very different pictures of disgraced former Congressman Chis Collins.
Assemblyman Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI.
After first reporting that the video had been preserved, prosecutors now say that further investigation shows officials “inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier” within the Manhattan prison.
After a grand jury implicated more than 300 priests in a statewide sex scandal, nearly every case was too old to be prosecuted. Legislators say that problem inspired these new laws.
“There’s no doubt this is still a work in progress, and there are other changes that have to be made.”
Some state officials are already asking for revisions to a law eliminating cash bail for people charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.
Deputies say Kolb was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. There were no injuries, and Sheriff Kevin Henderson said there was minor damage to the vehicle.
Kolb was charged on New Year’s Eve when his state-owned SUV got stuck in a ditch near his home in the town of Victor.
One identifies a local priest as an alleged abuser for the first time, while the other accuses a former auxiliary bishop of providing “hush money” in a 1980s case.
Deputies said Brian Kolb was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. There were no injuries and Sheriff Kevin Henderson said there was minor damage to the vehicle.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who shepherded the criminal justice reforms through his chamber, said the new laws are meant to change a “racist and classist system.”
The letter from a statewide board could be used against Judge Dennis Reinaker in future misconduct cases.
New York will end cash bail for everyone accused of a nonviolent crime and adopt new rules in the pretrial discovery process.
“I’m writing you to wish you a very happy holidays. Remember there will always be people who care about and support you. The world is a better place with you in it.”
Congressmen in two of New York’s swing districts will vote along party lines in this week’s impeachment vote in Washington.
Former congressman Chris Collins, his son Cameron, and Stephen Zarsky pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading charges in October.
Many Democrats and some Republicans say mandatory minimum sentences are ineffective and biased against black people. The GOP committee chair says he ‘doesn’t see color.’
The leader of the New York state Senate said lawmakers will not revise criminal justice reforms that will result in an end to most forms of cash bail beginning in January.
After 25 years in prison, David Sheppard received clemency for a second-degree murder charge. But he may have to go back to prison for allegedly stealing jeans in 1992.
“I think that has to be faced, and sooner rather than later. I would probably be the one to make that ultimate call, but I would want to make sure there wasn’t any other reasonable option.
Beginning in January, New York ends cash bail for all nonviolent crimes and prosecutors reveal all the evidence they have to suspects within 15 days.
Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell says she plans to resign. She won her seat in a special election nine months ago, replacing a representative charged with bribery.
“We are forced to stand here, after the fact, calling to the attention of the public, the legislature, and the governor, the serious flaws in these new laws.”
People abused as children will be able to file criminal suits against their abusers no matter how much time has passed.
Among other things, the measures would impose longer sentences for assaulting guards, and punish inmates for a broader range of crimes.
“We do not currently have the staffing to meet the timeline that’s in place right now,” Binghamton Mayor Rich David said.
They’ll now get at least 42½ hours per week out of their cell, and will be allowed to eat and attend religious services with other inmates.
Rikers Island doctor says drug treatment in U.S. jails and prisons is often shaped by societal prejudice, not science.
“Every DA in the state is going to try. What you’ll see is that there are going to be difficulties.”
Several other counties have criticized these reforms as another unfunded mandate.
Sweeping reforms that will end cash bail for all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges in New York state take effect in January. But some law enforcement groups are objecting.
The traffickers were caught with 11.9 kilograms of fentanyl — enough to kill nearly 6 million people, by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s standard.
Lawyers for President Trump say they plan to appeal to the Supreme Court, potentially setting up an election-year decision about disclosing the president’s finances.
The ACLU and other groups had argued the victims’ rights constitutional amendment is too broad and could compromise the rights of the accused. The judge agreed.
A New York pathologist who observed the autopsy says Epstein’s neck fractures are “more indicative” of homicidal strangulation than suicide. The current medical examiner stands by her conclusion.
What Pennsylvania voters need to know about the victims’ rights amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot
Union leaders interpreted Corrections Secretary John Wetzel’s quiet aside at a prison closure hearing as dismissive.
“We have choices about what we consent to and what we don’t consent to. That’s a nonviolent practice of withdrawing consent.”
Opponents of the victims’ rights amendment say it’s too broad and would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the accused. Marsy’s Law backers firmly disagree.
Marsy’s Law would insert a bill of rights for crime victims in Pennsylvania’s constitution. The ACLU thinks it’s too sweeping and would need to be broken into parts.
Lebanon isn’t not the only county that does this. The Pennsylvania ALCU says it has heard at least seven others have similar policies. The group is hoping its suit has statewide implications.
“There has been an ongoing and pervasive culture of sexual harassment and abuse in our society, and it is made worse by the fact that victims of second- and third-degree rape only have five years to bring a legal claim against their attacker,”
“The Sackler family does not belong in bankruptcy court,” Rep. Max Rose said of Purdue Pharma’s owners. “They belong in handcuffs.” He and others want charges for drug companies linked to the crisis.
The top Republican, arrested on child pornography charges, was heavily involved in efforts to overhaul redistricting and elections laws.
Mike Folmer, 63, was arrested at his home on Tuesday. According to court documents, he told police that he “had been dealing with some personal problems.”
The state attorney general says the high-ranking Republican is not “above the law.”
The U.S. Marshals Service says Blane Barksdale, 56, and wife Susan, 59, “overpowered and kidnapped” three people, including two security guards, on Aug. 26 during extradition from New York to Arizona.
“The fact that his own kind of kitchen cabinet of support, a kitchen cabinet of reforms, has turned on him and said you must leave, this could be the tipping point.”
The two men want to propose an alternative to the anger and bitterness the scandal has wrought.
For people concerned about “porch pirates” walking off with their packages, the U.S. Postal Service offers a free service to help customers keep track of their mail.
School districts in New York have a new tool to catch drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up kids.
The decision backs the recommendation of an NYPD administrative judge earlier this month that Pantaleo should be fired for his role in Garner’s death in 2014.
“The penalty should be the same as it is for other terrorism crimes — up to life without parole — because these are hate crimes on steroids.”
‘The people in Geneva that you come back and visit, do they know the kind of person you really are?’ And for the first time there was silence. Do you know you’re a murderer of souls?’ And there was silence and he dropped the phone, then he hung up.”
Attorney General William Barr says he was appalled by the death of Jeffrey Epstein at a New York City jail over the weekend. He blamed the correctional center for failing to”adequately secure” him.
A key issue in this criminal case is the U.S. Constitution’s “speech and debates” clause. That says a member of Congress can’t be challenged for something he says in Congress.
The alleged killer of Bianca Devins posted images of her death on social media that remained visible on platforms like Instagram for more than a week.
Governor Cuomo called Trump’s speech one of the “great acts of hypocrisy,” saying the president has “made racism his stock and trade” through his prior remarks and tweets.
A Pennsylvania tip system created to improve school safety fielded some tips about school violence, but received far more inquiries about student mental health, according to new data.
The alleged perpetrators were onetime Pennsylvania state inmates out on parole. And in a commonwealth that has been working systematically to get people out of prison, that prompted concern.
“This latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates—graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow.”
“The pink lady is changing her trademark to an orange jumpsuit,” a North Carolina sheriff said. She got her nickname because she often wore a hot pink purse. A suspected accomplice was also arrested.
“You have to ask yourself, why is every diocese in the country dealing with child sex abuse? The answer is, the coverup, the protection afforded to child predators.”
“In New York, people regularly spend months and years and even decades in solitary confinement. People have spent 30 years (there). It’s barbaric. It has to stop.”
The lawyer for the man charged with Francesco Cali’s murder says he plans to make an insanity defense including that he became irrational after believing a pro-Trump Internet conspiracy theory.
Robert Morgenthau, the patrician lawman who a former aide said spent four decades “making mischief for people who engaged in bad conduct,” died Sunday at age 99.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the 62-year-old former head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, was convicted in February for drug crimes. A life sentence was mandatory.
“The need is it let the public know that we are deeply concerned about this issue.”
It’s part of a broader effort to make the commonwealth’s criminal justice system less punitive.
Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is introducing a bill to review the pretrial release system across the country. It would focus on the monitoring practices for those on pretrial release.
Pennsylvania is in the early stages of enacting new requirements designed to reduce sexual assault on college campuses.
The bill doesn’t change much about the existing laws protecting crime victims. Jennifer Storm, the state’s Victim Advocate, said it would mainly give them standing to sue if those rights are violated.
The secretive group espoused a philosophy of self-help but was accused of recruiting women as sex slaves. Charges against Raniere, known as “The Vanguard,” included sex trafficking and racketeering.
The drugs were reportedly found in seven containers aboard the MSC Gayane at Philadelphia’s Packer Marine Terminal. Authorities say it is one of the biggest-ever drug busts in the U.S.
Activists and survivors of solitary confinement are on a hunger strike to try to convince New York state lawmakers to end long-term solitary confinement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials began seizing 46 ice cream trucks in a crackdown on owners who allegedly skirted 22,495 summonses and evaded nearly $4.5 million in traffic violation fees.
New York transit officials think he would surf on top of a train, get into the operating cabin, and then yank the emergency brake. The train would be delayed, along with others on that line.
There’s a bipartisan push in the Capitol to ensure job opportunities aren’t being unfairly limited.
“Just like we have diversity when we create statute, we should have diverse opinions from the vast diversity of Pennsylvania come into play when the courts are applying those statutes.”
“All they’ve ever gotten is a slap on the wrist. It’s time for that to change. I’ll hold the oil and gas companies criminally liable for poisoning our air and our drinking water.”
An odd-couple pair of House lawmakers are teaming up on a bill that would get rid of the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
When a police investigator, Fred Akshar (R – Endwell) had intimate relations with a mother of a crime victim. According to the Gannett papers, Akshar had helped investigate her son’s murder.
“When you see 65 of these people being arrested, 65 of the people who are responsible for bringing this dangerous drug into our community locked up, that’s a good day for us.”
Lawsuits show police have sometimes used this powerful tool to take property from innocent people. Now, there has been a radical shift that’s occurred with little notice.
“The objective here is to protect individuals, who are not convicted of a crime in many instances, from having their mugshots be publicly listed into perpetuity.”
In 2015, the Department of Health reported more than 1,800 rape kits collected in Pennsylvania had been sitting, untested, for at least a year.
A report on the case from the commonwealth’s Human Services Department has found that investigators missed signs of abuse for years.
“This lawsuit contains detailed allegations about the Sackler family and their attempt to hide the vast fortunes they collected at the expense of actual lives.”
Evaldas Rimasauskas admitted to his role in helping to orchestrate a two-year-long scam that tricked employees into wiring more than $100 million to his own company’s bank accounts.
Prosecutors in both California and New York City announced charges against the well-known onetime attorney for Stormy Daniels. Avenatti also had a cameo in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga.
Prosecutors said Sayoc posed “a serious risk of danger to the public” and described him as “a flight risk.” His lawyer made no objection to the decision. Sayoc could face up to 48 years in jail.
In an interview, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks about his new book, Doing Justice, and weighs in on how executives have been able to avoid criminal prosecution and on Robert Mueller’s probe.
The proposed law would also mandate instruction for parents, guardians and school personel on how to recognize the signs of child sexual abuse and how to respond.
Three weeks ago, the state prison system settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and other groups who said the Department of Corrections was violating inmates’ constitutional rights by making copies of legal mail.
Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was ordered to serve some of his time concurrently with a 4-year term handed down last week, making his sentence a total of 7.5 years.
In a killing that echoes mob murders of the 1980s, a man who was believed to be running a Mafia family was gunned down outside his home in Staten Island.
The Department of Environmental Protection has issued more than 80 violations, halted construction at times along the route, and fined the company $12.6 million.
New York’s Attorney General Tish James says she’s reached an agreement with the state legislature to amend the state’s double jeopardy laws.
Authorities say 60 packages of the drug worth about $77 million on the street were found in a shipping container.
Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers. The case, known as “kids for cash” led to the tossing of 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella.
The Department of Corrections has arrested three staff members at three different state prisons for trying to smuggle in drugs.
Energy Transfer, parent company of Sunoco Logistics and builder of the Mariner East natural gas liquids pipelines, is the target of a Chester County grand jury investigation.
A Western New York political operative and former campaign aide for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of more than 80 people or entities contacted by the House Judiciary Committee, which is now looking into alleged misdeeds by the president.
Council Member Helen Rosenthal introduced a bill this month after receiving complaints about the impact of wailing ambulances.
A trial is slated to start Tuesday in a federal court in Harrisburg over the way the state prison system delivers legal mail to prisoners.
The New York congressman was sentenced to 21 months after he sent an explicit photo of himself to a 15-year-old girl.
Police said they found an imitation gun at the scene of the reported armed robbery. The 19-year-veteran of the force was not supposed to report to work on the day he died.
Joaquín Guzmán was convicted on all 10 counts he faced related to his leading of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa cartel.
New York lawmakers say it’s likely they will vote soon to end cash bail and make other changes to help defendants who they say are unfairly treated in in the state’s criminal justice system.
Prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in her closing arguments that Joaquín Guzmán led the Sinaloa drug cartel. Dozens of witnesses said he tortured and killed people and that he bribed officials in Mexico.
A group of state lawmakers is launching a proposal to make several major changes to Pennsylvania’s probation and parole laws. Unlike many efforts in Harrisburg, it’s bipartisan.
Governor Tom Wolf and state House Republicans are calling on a GOP lawmaker to resign over a reported allegation of rape. And that’s not the only misconduct claim coming to light involving a member of the General Assembly–the Senate is also hiring an outside investigator to delve into accusations against one of its members.
Browder endured nearly three years on Rikers, most of it in solitary confinement, awaiting trial that never happened. He committed suicide in 2015. His death led to nationwide criminal justice reform.
The government shutdown has now reached day 19 as President Trump pushes for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. The president claims a border wall will help combat the flow of drugs like fentanyl from entering the country. A DEA report from this past November says otherwise. But how are these drugs currently making their way to New York State?
Stiller’s seven-part Showtime series centers on the true story of two convicted murderers who used tools provided by a prison employee to break out of maximum security prison in 2015.
With the start of the new year, the commonwealth is working to roll out a law aimed at protecting sexually exploited children. Act 130, known as the Safe Harbor law, ensures child victims of human trafficking won’t be prosecuted for prostitution or other crimes.
The two men are accused of being part of a vast government effort to transfer American trade, technology and defense secrets into Chinese hands, but are unlikely to face trial.
Weinstein’s legal team unsuccessfully attempted to throw out charges of rape and sexual assault. Allegations against Weinstein from a multitude of women boosted the #MeToo movement.
The Chester County District Attorney said Wednesday he is opening a criminal investigation into Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline project because it has caused sinkholes, contaminated water and has resulted in “not so subtle bullying” of residents.
Faced with an ongoing investigation by the New York Attorney General, the foundation has agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision.
New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Tuesday announced a record $174 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum, which provides cable, internet and phone services across the state.
When a new state legislative session starts next month, a group of crime victim advocates plans to hit the ground running to finish a longstanding effort.
Rochester Police are investigating damage done to one of the 13 statues of Frederick Douglass that have been placed around the city. Police say that early Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, officers responded to the area near 1 Tracy Street, which is near Alexander St., for the report of males trying to steal a statue.
Nearly a decade after being tasked with the assignment, a state commission is still grappling with a mandate to create a risk assessment algorithm for Pennsylvania judges to use during criminal sentencing procedures.
An embattled State House Democrat convicted of accepting a bribe has resigned, under pressure from legislative leaders.
The former head of key economic develop programs for Governor Andrew Cuomo, including the Buffalo Billion, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday.
State Police say a trooper who stopped to help a driver with a flat tire near Elmira over the weekend found out the call was anything but routine.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says the defendants “had a playbook to repatriate un-taxed money into the U.S. banking system.”
The state Supreme Court recently ruled that a group of current and former clergy members could not be named in a grand jury report implicating them in child abuse and coverups in six Roman Catholic dioceses.
As lawmakers in Washington debate a proposal to ease harsh federal sentencing guidelines and shorten some prison terms, Pennsylvania is being cited as a role model.
A Buffalo developer has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.
NORRISTOWN, PA (WHYY) – A judge has rejected former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s eleventh-hour bid to stay out of jail, clearing the path for Kane to start serving her time as an inmate under county supervision.
Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is likely headed to jail soon. More than two years ago, Kane was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it.
Tweets by Gab, a social media site used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, show that the site’s new server host, Epik has been served a subpoena by the Pittsburgh Attorney General.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the man accused of having run the world’s largest drug trafficking organization, was charged in a 17-count indictment that spans decades. Jury selection began Monday.
Fred Rogers lived in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood while making his children’s television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
PITTSBURGH, PA (WSKG) — The anti-Semitic gunman who allegedly killed 11 and wounded six others in Pittsburgh this weekend is facing 29 federal charges.
Cesar Altieri Sayoc was arrested after more devices were found on Friday. Packages have been sent to at least 10 targets this week, all of whom are critics or opponents of President Trump.
NEW YORK (Associated Press) Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Wednesday after his conviction on public corruption charges.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo now says a suspicious device was mailed to his offices in New York City, was not part of the spate of bombs or bomb like devices delivered Wednesday to the homes of former Presidents Clinton and Obama, and CNN.
The device was safely detonated by a bomb squad. The case has been handed over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force Division of the FBI.
NPR has learned that the Justice Department issued subpoenas to at least six of the state’s eight dioceses seeking private files and records.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the New York State Police and seeking personal information, don’t share anything — it’s a scam.
“A city of 8.6 million people — not a single shooting for three days,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. The NYPD says it has been focusing on preventing retaliatory violence.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.
New York State Police charged Nauman Hussain just days after an accident killed 20 people in New York. His father’s company has a record of failed inspections.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — If you hunt hard enough around Harrisburg, it is possible to find lawmakers who are on board with allocating state money for the public defense of the poor.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding, services and other legislative impacts for domestic and sexual violence survivors, is set to expire at the end of the month. Local advocates are calling on Congress to extend the law.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — The state House has passed a major bill aimed at making it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers.
Ilya Vett, 47, said he was printing the gun for his brother who has a firearms license, according to police. Vett has been charged with attempted criminal possession of a firearm.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Cuomo’s former closest aid received a prison sentence Thursday day of six years after being convicted of illegally gaining over $300,000 in bribery schemes.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – An indicted New York congressman who had announced he was withdrawing from his race has reversed course and now says he will continue to campaign for re-election and plans to serve again if he wins this November.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Pennsylvania sentences more people to life in prison without the possibility of parole than any other state–and indeed, any other country–per capita, according to a new study from the Abolitionist Law Center.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Indicted congressman Chris Collins will remain on the ballot in the November election in the 27th District.
After a five-month investigation, the New York City orchestra took action against oboist Liang Wang and trumpeter Matthew Muckey over unspecified misconduct.
(Harrisburg) — Former state Treasurer Rob McCord has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for using his office in an attempt to extort money for a foundering gubernatorial bid.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – Both sides gave closing statements on Wednesday in the fourth preliminary hearing of the Penn State hazing case. All seven defendants face charges that had been dismissed by two districts judges earlier this year.
Rep. Chris Collins said that by suspending his campaign, he was acting in the best interests of his constituents, the GOP and President Trump. But his name may stay on the ballot anyway.
Rep. Chris Collins was charged with securities fraud along with his son and another man. Collins is accused of passing inside stock information to his son, who used it to make favorable trades.
Buffalo, NY (WBFO) – Federal court documents portray a scramble by Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and others in the wake of bad news about testing of MIS416, an Innate Immunotherapeutics drug designed to treat multiple sclerosis.
Ryan Burke, who was in charge of recruitment at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, is the first person to plead guilty in the case.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The New York Civil Liberties Union is out with a new online resource called Behind the Badge, which provides information on the internal policies and data from several police departments around the state.
Clare Bronfman spent millions on NXIVM, a group which prosecutors say enslaved women. She pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday and was released on a $100 million bond.
The disgraced movie mogul is already facing first-degree rape and other charges in New York. Now, Weinstein is facing new accusations that he assaulted a woman in 2006.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A long-awaited study out of the state General Assembly offered a scathing assessment of the state’s capital punishment system this week, saying the death penalty comes at a high cost to state taxpayers without deterring crime.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Days after halting release of a sweeping grand jury report on child abuse by Pennsylvania Roman Catholic clergy, the commonwealth’s Supreme Court justices have offered more details on their decision.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick denies having sexually abused a teenager when he was a priest in New York decades ago but says he accepts the Holy See’s decision that he refrain from any public ministry.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid rigging trial of a former associate of Gov. Cuomo and two upstate development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Federal officials are launching an awareness campaign about sexual assaults happening aboard passenger flights.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan.
Billy McFarland was accused in New York Tuesday of starting a fraudulent ticket-selling venture while out on bail, just months after his disastrous Fyre Festival event made headlines.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested last Friday for allegedly killing his mother.
Rosanna Arquette, one of the first actresses to come forward regarding a sexually abusive encounter with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, says the charges he faces in New York aren’t the result of a “witch hunt.”
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The search continues for 14-month old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus after his mother was found dead last week. His mother’s boyfriend appeared in court Tuesday.
Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.
STATE COLLEGE, PA (WPSU) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office is appealing the dismissal of some charges in the case of the hazing death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A GOP-controlled state Senate committee is making slow, careful progress at changing Pennsylvania’s justice system to focus on reforming the convicted and reducing prison populations.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – This week marks National Crime Victims Week and the Erie County District Attorney is marking the occasion to spotlight the assistance available to crime victims through his office’s Victim/Witness Bureau.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A long time Capitol reporter was arrested for talking on the phone in the State Senate lobby. New York Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was released without charges after Governor Andrew Cuomo intervened.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — With heavy snow falling, the state Senate made it into the Capitol Wednesday to vote through a raft of bills that aim to increase protections for crime victims.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) Criminal justice advocates are trying to put pressure on Albany to reform the justice system. A local coalition is trying to build support for proposed legislation in Albany that, among other things, eliminates cash bail for misdemeanors or low-level felonies.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Lawyers for state Representative Tarah Toohil have released additional abuse allegations against a fellow GOP lawmaker—along with portions of a House investigation into the matter.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – A potentially unprecedented conflict is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives. After alleged abuse, one Republican lawmaker has been granted a restraining order against another.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – March 15th was “National Password Day,” and the Better Business Bureau of upstate New York is reminding people to make sure people have a secure password.
NEW YORK (BBC) – On any given day there are around half a million people detained in American jails without being convicted of a crime. One big reason for this is America’s unique system of cash bail. When bail is set, those who can afford it go free to await their trial. Those who cannot – often the poor, minorities, the mentally ill – either take their chances with commercial bail-bondsmen, or go to jail. Critics say it is a broken system that lets potentially dangerous people go because they have the cash, and detains other who are harmless just because they are poor. James Fletcher visits New York to hear the stories of those caught up in the machinery of American justice.