Independent Commission Behind Push To Close Rikers Island Jail Complex Issues Formal ReportThe 148-page report outlines plans for replacing the city's main jail with smaller community jails in the city's five boroughs.
NY Court Rejects 'Too Intoxicated' Murder Defense In Deadly CrashesConvictions of Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson hinged on prosecutors' contention they acted with "depraved indifference to human life."
N.Y. Court Of Appeals Chief Judge Calls For Return Of Cameras To CourtsNew York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said advances in technology mandate the opening of all courtrooms to cameras so New Yorkers can see for themselves how justice works.
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.