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In the American criminal justice system, you have the right to an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you...Immigration proceedings are civil matters, and the Constitution does not extend the right to court-
Bronx residents who can't make their bail now have a financial backer who can help them avoid jail time. The Bronx Freedom Fund has already helped five cash-strapped defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes avoid pretrial detention since it
The landlord claimed that Mr. Smith, who had pleaded guilty two years earlier to cocaine possession, had used his apartment to sell drugs, and so could be evicted. Kemper Diehl, a wide-eyed, third-year Columbia Law School student, argued otherwise.
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