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  • NY High Court Strikes Down Queens DA Pre-Arraignment Procedures
    NY High Court Strikes Down Queens DA Pre-Arraignment Procedures

    The New York Court of Appeals vacated a defendant’s conviction and ordered a new trial in People v. Dunbar . They ruled that the statements made by the defendant should have been suppressed because ...

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  • "Defense" of Intoxication

    Suppose a person goes out for a night of heavy drinking. After the 10 or 11th shot, he blacks out. He then wakes up the next morning in a jail cell. He has absolutely no idea where he is or what is ...

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  • Entrapment!
    Entrapment!

    Everybody seems to have at least some understanding of entrapment. From a common layperson’s perspective, the idea usually comes up in the context of a situation where an under cover cop pretends to ...

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  • Accomplice Corroboration Requirement in New York
    Accomplice Corroboration Requirement in New York

    Using the testimony of a person who “has turned state’s evidence” is a common and effective tool used by prosecutors throughout the United States. There are many different circumstances in which a ...

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  • Gravity Knives in New York
    Gravity Knives in New York

    Under New York law, a person who possessed a gravity knife can go to jail for up to one year. If that same person has previously been convicted of a crime, then the possession of the knife is a felony ...

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