New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) (Corrections Law § 168-a et seq.) defines a “sex offender” as any person who is convicted of certain enumerated offenses. These offenses of course include offenses one typically thinks of as sex offenses such as rape, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, incest etc. But
A criminal defendant has a right to be personally present at the time his “sentence” is pronounced (Criminal Procedure Law 380.40). But what exactly comprises a defendant’s “sentence?” The Court of Appeals answered an aspect of this question yesterday in People v Guerrero , 2009 NY Slip Op 01242. The
Convicted civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart was disbarred by the First Department on Tuesday stemming from her convictions in 2005 for helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers (Matter of Stewart, 2007 NY Slip Op 03590). Stewart was convicted of one count each of conspiracy to defraud
Licensed Legal Consultants are foreign attorneys who may render certain legal services in the State within the provisions of 22 NYCRR Part 521. On Tuesday the First Department decided a case in which it held that the attorney disciplinary mechanism must be applied to license legal consultants as well –
What’s an inmate to do? Current regulations do not permit inmates in special housing units to have any tobacco products (see 7 NYCRR 302.2 [e]; 303.2, 303.3). Today the Third Department affirmed dismissal of such an inmate’s article 78 petition challenging the denial of his grievance requesting smokeless tobacco (Matter
When people are charged with a crime, they face the prospect of incarceration. Ultimately, that can bring with it probation and parole, large fines, forced registration with law enforcement, and perhaps most damaging, a record that severely hinders even the most rehabilitated, often times for the rest of their lives.