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Federal Suit Claims Police Distort Marijuana Searches to Create Misdemeanors Published: May 1, 2013 One man was walking home with groceries...That is when the men say police officers confronted them, sometimes violently, searched their clothing and
April 30, 2013 Michael Appleton for The New York Times When Danilo Melendez, a father of three, decided to contest the charge against him of marijuana possession, his court date was postponed eight times before the prosecutors dropped the case.
In South Bronx, Legal Aid and Shoulders to Lean On The new reception center of the nonprofit Bronx Defenders in Melrose. The group handles 28,000 criminal cases a year up from 12,500 in 2011 and an additional 2,000 civil cases. Published: February 27,
In New York, plea deals account for 99.6% of convicted misdemeanors, which would include protests deemed unlawful. Photograph: Tina Fineberg/AP If you've ever been arrested for a misdemeanor offense, like jumping a turnstile, smoking a joint, or
You can choose another option on the listen/watch page if you prefer. download: A federal judge has ruled that New York City police are not allowed to routinely stop pedestrians outside of private residential buildings in the Bronx. The stops are
Mario Tama/Getty Images Campaigners fighting the New York City police department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy have been buoyed by a federal court victory that declared one use of the policy to be "systematically" unconstitutional.
Stories This time it's the mothers who are subjected to high-stakes testing. More than a dozen city maternity wards regularly test new mothers for drugs, then turn the results over to child-protection authorities if they are positive for pot, the
Inspector Kerry Sweet, of the New York Police Department 's legal bureau, testified on Wednesday that the police could arrest someone for trespassing even if the person never made it beyond the vestibule, the exterior lobby where buzzer entry systems
Three days earlier, on February 24, 2009, Miranda had been up before Fabrizio for arraignment on two misdemeanor assault charges. Fabrizio had set a substantial bail, $1,500 for each charge, certainly more than Miranda could come up with. So why hadn'
Courtesy People Power Movement A disorderly conduct summons issued to Bronx student Malik Ayala (in front center, in black shirt and blue jeans) for handing out flyers bearing the Black Panther logo was dismissed. A group opposed to police in public