New York is currently one of only two states -- the other being North Carolina -- that automatically treats 16 and 17-year olds as adults when they are alleged to have committed a crime. This is not good company to be in. Albany is currently considering "Raise the Age" legislation that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, ensure that no 16 or 17-year olds are placed in adult jails, and should originate as many cases of 16 and 17-years olds in Family Court as possible. It must pass.
We can all agree that Anthony Weiner probably should not own a cell phone. Now it appears that he has not learned any lessons from his previous scandals and also should have stayed off his computer. But has he finally crossed the line and subjected himself to criminal liability? Yes.
Turns out, the long rumored death of Insider Trading law was greatly exaggerated. In the first insider trading trial since the Second Circuit redefined insider trading law in the Newman case, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara secured the conviction of Sean Stewart. Stewart had been accused of tipping of giving his own father inside information about five mergers so that his dad could make lucrative trades.
Courts have started to pay significant attention to prosecutors' misrepresentation of DNA evidence. This is an important development because DNA evidence has become, "perhaps the most powerful, and, thus the most troubling forensic technology to ever be used in a court of law." Researchers have concluded that "when DNA evidence is introduced against an accused at trial, the prosecutor's case can take on an aura of invincibility."
Tom Brady learned that overcoming a 21 point deficit in the 4th quarter is easier than overcoming the decision of an arbitrator. The fight is finally over with the full United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit refusing to reconsider its decision reinstated Tom Brady's four game ban for his role in deflating football during the AFC Championship game.
Is Donald J. Trump going to jail for treason for encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mails? Probably not. But that does not mean that he is totally off the hook.
You are sitting at trial accused of Criminal Mischief. Someone keyed your ex-boyfriend's car and broke both of his headlights. After your messy breakup, you were the natural suspect. The evidence is skimpy, but then the prosecutor pulls out your Iphone and starts playing Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." She urges the jury to listen to the lyrics. "I dug my keys into the side of his pretty little supped up 4-wheeldrive, carved my name into his leather seats. Took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights. I slashed a hole in all four tires. Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats." The fact that you have a song about getting revenge on an ex-boyfriend by destroying his car, she argues, is evidence of your guilt. This may seem like an absurd situation, but it is exactly what happened to Anthony DeLeon.