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06.11.15 Liam Mathews

A New York State appeals court ruled Wednesday that coroners are not required to give organs back to the family of the deceased for burial after an autopsy, and are not even required to tell the family that the organs have been removed, the New York Daily News reports. The ruling is a response to […]

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05.15.14 Andy Cush

Until this week, communicating “in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm” was a felony in New York. On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals struck that statute down. Ron Kuby had some choice words about the decision. The New York Times explains: The ruling, rendered by the Court of Appeals in Albany in a near-unanimous […]

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12.13.12 Andy Cush

In October, the New York Court of Appeals heard a case in which a member of the St. James Boys street gang was tried as a terrorist under a law passed after 9/11. Yesterday, the court ruled unanimously not to charge Edgar Morales under the law, saying there’s no evidence that legislators intended the law […]

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10.09.12 Andy Cush

A case being heard in New York’s highest court today will decide whether a member of the Bronx-based St. James Boys street gang can be tried as a terrorist for his role in a 2002 fight that resulted in the death of a 10-year-old girl. Prosecutors will argue that Edgar Morales sought to “intimidate or […]

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