New York’s Criminal Procedure Law § 310.30 contains a certain procedure when a court receives a note from a jury during deliberations. It generally requires that when a court receives a note from the jury, it must return the jury to the courtroom and, after notice to both the peopleRead More →

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. TheRead More →

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 defraudRead More →