Rape Victim Who Smuggled DNA Evidence Out of Rikers Wins Settlement

The first time she filed a sexual abuse complaint against a Rikers guard, Jane Doe told investigators from the Inspector General’s office that the man was handing out cigarettes to female inmates in exchange for oral sex. But she never heard back from them, and she figured that they hadn’t taken her seriously because she had no evidence.

Source: Rape Victim Who Smuggled DNA Evidence Out of Rikers Wins Settlement

New York’s Top Court Shields Police Misconduct Records From Public View

New York’s top court on Tuesday blocked efforts to shine a light on the records of cops who misbehave on duty. New York’s State Civil Rights Law has a section ( 50-a ) that broadly seals the personnel records of police, corrections officers, and firefighters, even in cases of misconduct.

Source: New York’s Top Court Shields Police Misconduct Records From Public View

[Eugene Volokh] Unconstitutional “Hate Speech” Prosecution in New York

“[SUNY] Purchase College student Gunnar Hassard was arraigned in Harrison Town Court for Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a class E felony, for hanging posters with Nazi symbolism in areas of the campus.” The Westchester County D.A.’s office announced: [SUNY] Purchase College student Gunnar Hassard was arraigned in Harrison Town Court for Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a class E felony, for hanging posters with Nazi symbolism in areas of the campus….

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Unconstitutional “Hate Speech” Prosecution in New York

Are Speedy Trials Now Settled In The Bronx? (Spoiler Alert: No)

The New York Times headline was surprisingly encouraging.

Speedy Trials Return to a Bronx Court Known for Delays and Dysfunction

To call it “delays and dysfunction” was to grossly understate the problem, which was revealed as a New York disgrace with the revelations following Kalief Browder’s suicide. In 2016, Bronx Defenders brought suit to deal with the problem. The suit was now settled.

The settlement of the case, Trowbridge et al v. DiFiore, was signed on Thursday afternoon by attorneys from the Bronx Defenders and the New York attorney general’s office. It mandates that the courts produce quarterly reports about how long cases are taking to resolve and establishes a formal process to request a speedy trial for defendants whose cases are languishing.

The first part, about quarterly reports, is the sort of thing only a government clerk could love. They adore statistics, which they can point to when deciding whom to give an award for a job well done or throw under the bus or another massive failure. But it’s the second part that was weird and could only make sense to someone wholly unfamiliar with speedy trial in New York.

…establishes a formal process to request a speedy trial for defendants…

— Read on blog.simplejustice.us/2018/08/11/are-speedy-trials-now-settled-in-the-bronx-spoiler-alert-no/

Gov. Cuomo Wants a New Hate Crime Law. Would Police Use It to Suppress Protests?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants harsher criminal penalties for rioting, but his proposal could easily blow back on peaceful protesters. Pointing to last weekend’s violence in Virginia, Cuomo is pushing to expand the state’s hate crime laws with what he’s calling the ” Charlottesville provisions .” Under the new rules, according to the Auburn Citizen , rioting that targets a protected class would become a more severe felony than it is now, leading to a potential penalty of seven years in prison.

Source: Gov. Cuomo Wants a New Hate Crime Law. Would Police Use It to Suppress Protests?