New York Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Lawyers

Month: April 2017

How one inmate changed prisoners’ rights forever

Just because you're an inmate and serving time does not mean you don't have rights, and it certainly does not mean you can't make a difference in the world. Ex-inmate Martin Sostre is proof of this fact. The prisoner received clemency in 1976 from New York's then-governor. Before receiving clemency, he began a successful campaign for prisoner's rights from his New York prison cell. Sostre was first arrested in 1952 on drug charges. For that offense, he was sent to the Sing Sing correctional facility. While there, he studied Constitutional law, African American history, philosophy and other...

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Car accidents: What kind of damages can I seek?

As the victim of a car accident in New York, you may be struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of your ordeal. In addition to recovering from your injuries, you may have unpaid bills piling up because you are unable to return to work. Depending on your insurance coverage, your insurer may not cover all of your expenses. You may need to file a claim for damages to help improve your situation. Before filing a lawsuit, you should learn about the kinds of damages you may receive. Lost wages and earning capacity Your injuries are so severe that you cannot perform your job duties and earn...

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Basketball player receives $4 million police brutality settlement

A basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Sefolosha, received a multimillion dollar settlement related to his alleged police brutality case. The $4 million settlement came as a result of the athlete's accusations that five police officers used excessive force while falsely arresting him. The arrest in question happened outside a nightclub in New York City in 2015. Officers made the arrest while managing a crime scene where another professional basketball player was stabbed. That player, Chris Copeland, had been involved in a completely unrelated incident. Officers claimed that both...

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Profile of a police brutality claim

Imagine you're driving through New York City and you see the flash of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. An New York Police Department officer is pulling you over for accidentally running through a stop sign. You know exactly what you did wrong, and you're regretting that "Hollywood stop" maneuver you pulled. The officer walks up to your window and asks why you didn't come to a full stop. You don't have a good excuse, so you admit to the mistake and apologize. However, the officer isn't done. The next thing you know, you're outside your vehicle going through a sobriety test and...

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Staying safe while passing through construction zones

As careful as contractors are to make sure New York City worksites are safe, accidents can still happen at any time. In fact, according to The New York Times, there were 231 construction accidents in the city in 2014, which was an increase of 24 percent from the previous year. No one goes looking for trouble, but whether you walk, drive or bike through a construction zone, you might be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Stay alert, take some precautions and increase your chances of having a nice day. Safe walking habits Walking is sometimes the fastest way to get where you are going in...

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