State Lawmakers Discuss Grand Jury Reforms Following Garner Case ControversyNew York state lawmakers on Thursday began debating grand jury reforms meant to restore public trust when police are investigated.
New York State Sets Up Court System To Help Prostitutes Escape LivesNew York State is creating the nation’s first statewide system of courts to help prostitutes escape their lives of exploitation and violence, state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday.
NY Bar Association Says Salary Hikes For State Judges Are Too Small"During the past 12 years, the cost of living increased by 40 percent, eroding judicial salaries," said Vincent E. Doyle III, president of the lawyers' group. Yet "judges' salaries will have risen 27 percent over a 15-year period, far less than the projected inflation rate."
NY Supreme Court Judges To See First Pay Raise Since '99Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in an interview that it's a good compromise in hard economic times.
Paterson Sets Special Session Agenda For NY LegislatureAgenda items include renaming the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel for Gov. Hugh L. Carey, a Democrat credited with bringing New York City from the edge of bankruptcy in the 1970s.
Paterson To Call For Special SessionThe Senate has a 32-30 Democratic majority. The pending results could change that balance of power.
NY To Hold Lawyers Accountable On ForeclosuresThe move comes amid an uproar over revelations that mortgage lenders nationwide cut corners on paperwork and legal procedure as they moved to seize millions of homes.

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