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United States of America v. Edward Smith

Southern District of New York - New York, New York

This case, in which oral argument was heard in September 2016
but which was held in abeyance pending decision first in United States
v. Jones, No. 15‐1518, __ F.3d __, slip op. (2d Cir. Oct. 5, 2017), then in
United States v. Morales, No. 14‐3661 (2d Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), presents the
following questions: (1) whether the evidence at trial was sufficient to
prove poss... More...
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Keith Hancock, Tamera Thomas and Jason Dessingue v. The County of Rensselaer, Jack Mahar, Elaine Young, David Hetman

Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

7 Appellants were employees of the Rensselaer County Jail. Their medical
8 records were secretly accessed without their permission by at least one other
9 employee at the Jail. They sued in the United States District Court for the
10 Northern District of New York, alleging violations of their right to privacy in
11 health information under the Fourteenth Amendment and of the Comput... More...
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United States of America v. Joseph Tigano, III

Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

2 On July 8, 2008, Joseph Tigano, III and his father, Joseph Tigano, Sr., were
3 arrested on charges related to a marijuana growing enterprise allegedly operated
4 by the two men. When Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) task force
5 members executed a search warrant at the Tiganos’ residence on the morning of
6 the arrest, they discovered over 1,400 marijuana plants. On Octobe... More...
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Wandering Dago Inc. v. New York State Office of General Services et al.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

New York, NY Plaintiff‐appellant Wandering Dago, Inc., (“WD”) operates a food truck and
32 brands itself and the food it sells with language generally viewed as ethnic slurs.
33 Defendants‐appellees are officials within the New York State Office of General Services
* Judge Carol Bagley Amon, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
New York, sitti... More...
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William Hassell v. Brian Fischer, et al.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Appeal and cross‐appeal from the Sept. 28, 2016, judgment of the District
Court for the Southern District of New York (Alvin K. Hellerstein, District Judge)
requiring New York prison and parole officials to pay William Hassell, a former
state prisoner, nominal damages plus attorney’s fees for their unreasonable delay
in requesting a New York trial court to resentence Hassell ... More...
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This appeal involves the interplay of two federal statutes: the OSH Act and the Mine Act, both administered under the authority of the Secretary of Labor. The Secretary of Labor is authorized to enforce the OSH Act, which is designed to ensure the safe working conditions for every worker in the nation. 29 U.S.C. § 651(b). When Congress enacted the OSH Act, however, certain federal agencies alre... More...   $0 (12-20-2017 - NY)

Dufort v. City of New York, et al. 

Plaintiff-appellant Ryan Dufort appeals from a memorandum and order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Steven M. Gold, M.J.)2 granting summary judgment to the defendants, the City of New York and New York City police officers Joseph Marotta, Jae Shim, Thomas Conforti, and William Schmittgall (collectively, “Defendants”), on Dufort's claims under 42 U.S.C... More...
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Eileen Bransten v. State of New York

New York Court of Appeals Hall - Albany, New York

The issue presented on this appeal is whether Civil Service Law § 167 (8), as amended, authorizing a reduction of the State's contribution to health insurance benefits for State employees, including members of the State judiciary, violates the Judicial Compensation Clause [*2]of the State Constitution (NY Const, art VI, § 25 [a]). We conclude the State's contribution is not judicial compensation p... More...   $0 (11-21-2017 - NY)

In the Matter of Pamela A. Madeiros v. New York State Education Department

The question before us is whether the Freedom of
Information Law exempts from disclosure certain records compiled
by respondent New York State Education Department relating to
municipalities' plans for auditing special education preschool
provider costs. We hold that the materials at issue, as
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redacted, are exempt from disclosure under Public Officers... More...
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The People of the State of New York v. Peter Austin

The issue presented by this appeal is whether
defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confrontation was violated
by the introduction of DNA evidence through the testimony of a
witness who had not performed, witnessed or supervised the
generation of the DNA profiles. We conclude that the
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introduction of this hearsay evidence through surrogate testimonyMore...
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The People of the State of New York v. Sean Garvin

In this case, we are asked to overrule our prior
decisions holding that a warrantless arrest of a suspect in the
threshold of a residence is permissible under the Fourth
Amendment, provided that the suspect has voluntarily answered the
door and the police have not crossed the threshold. We decline
to do so, and now reaffirm our longstanding rule.
Defendant was convic... More...
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United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Dufort’s suit stems from his arrest and prosecution in New York 12 state court on charges of murder in the second degree and 13 manslaughter in the first degree that resulted in his acquittal by a 14 jury. On this appeal, we take the facts, most of which are not in 15 dispute, in the light most favorable to the plaintiff. See Taggart v. 16 Time Inc., 924 F.2d 43, 46 (2d Cir. 1991). 17 I. The Attac... More...   $0 (11-03-2017 - NY)


United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Defendant Corey Jones appeals from a sentence entered in the 32 United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York 33
following a jury‐trial conviction for assaulting a federal 1 officer in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 111. He was sentenced as a career 2 offender principally to 180 months in prison to be followed by three 3 years of supervised release. The primary basis for J... More...
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Ryan Dufort v. City of New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

25 Plaintiff‐appellant Ryan Dufort appeals from a memorandum
26 and order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District
4 No. 16‐1715‐cv
of New York (Steven 1 M. Gold, M.J.)2 granting summary judgment to
2 the defendants, the City of New York and New York City police
3 officers Joseph Marotta, Jae Shim, Thomas Conforti, and William
4 Schmitt... More...
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Sara Myers, et al. v. Eric Schneiderman, et al.

New York Court of Appeals Hall - Albany, New York

Plaintiffs ask us to declare a constitutional right to
"aid-in-dying," which they define (and we refer to herein) as the
right of a mentally competent and terminally ill person to obtain
a prescription for a lethal dosage of drugs from a physician, to
be taken at some point to cause death. Although New York has
long recognized a competent adult's right to forgo life-saving
... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - v. RANDALL MARTINEZ, a/k/a Randall, a/k/a Jose Rodriguez, a/k/a Jose Rodriguez-Saez, a/k/a Rando Martinez, a/k/a Randall Martinez-Espinal, HENRY FIORENTINO, JOSE TEJADA, and MARCOS RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a Markito


The present prosecutions arise out of a sprawling conspiracy in and around New York
City, spanning at least a decade, in which more than two dozen persons are alleged to have committed
1 more than 200 robberies of drug traffickers. One of the coconspirators' main stratagems was to
2 impersonate officers of the New York City Police Department ("NYPD") in order to stop or purport
3... More...
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In re: 650 Fifth Avenue and Related Properties

New York, NY - Manhattan Skycraper Owned In Part By Iran Can Be Seized

The United States and others sought a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that property located at 650 Fifth Avenue was illegally owned and/or controlled the Iranian government and is subject to being seized.

18 U.S.C. §981. Civil forfeiture

(a)(1) The f... More...
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Alberto Reyes, Jr. v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services

Plaintiff‐appellant Alberto Reyes, Jr., appeals a judgment of
11 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
12 (Leonard D. Wexler, J.). Judgment was entered following the grant
13 of summary judgment to the defendant‐appellee, Lincoln
14 Automotive Financial Services (“Lincoln”), on Reyes’s claim for
15 damages stemming from Lincoln’s alle... More...
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Salvatore Arnone v. Aetna Life Insurance Company

Section 5‐335 of the New York General Obligations Law provides that personal
28 injury settlements “shall be conclusively presumed” not to include “any compensation
29 for the cost of health care services, loss of earnings or other economic loss[es]” that
30 “have been or are obligated to be paid or reimbursed by an insurer.” N.Y. Gen. Oblig.
31 Law § 5‐335(a). When sec... More...
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Judges Question Ross Ulbricht’s Life Sentence in Silk Road Appeal

In February 2015, a jury convicted Ross William Ulbricht on seven counts
arising from his creation and operation of Silk Road under the username Dread
Pirate Roberts (“DPR”).1 Silk Road was a massive, anonymous criminal marketplace that operated using the Tor Network, which renders Internet traffic
through the Tor browser extremely difficult to trace.2 Silk Road users principally
b... More...
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Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

In  June  2016,  a  jury  convicted  defendant  Pedro  Serrano  of  possessing  ammunition  as  a  felon.  On  July  22,  2016,  prior  to  sentencing, Serrano filed two motions. First, he filed a motion for a  judgment  of  acquittal  pursuant  to  Rule  29,  arguing  that  the  Government’s  evidence  at  trial  was  insufficient  to  permit  a  reasonable jury to convict him. Second, he filed a... More...   $0 (05-14-2017 - NY)


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We set forth the facts necessary to decide the claims addressed  in this opinion, and we view the evidence in the light most favorable  to the g... More...
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Kevin Darnell, et al. v. Rafael Pineiro

10 This is a case about unconstitutional conditions of
11 confinement for pretrial detainees. Twenty state pretrial
12 detainees (“the plaintiffs”)1 arrested on separate dates between
13 July 10, 2011, and July 23, 2013, brought individual § 1983
14 claims in the same complaint against the City of New York (the
15 “City”), New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) Captain
16... More...
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Hector Natal Sentenced To Life In Prison For Setting New Haven Fire

On the early morning of March 9, 2011, three members of the Roberson 
family – Jaquetta1 Roberson, Quayshawn Roberson, and Wanda Roberson – died 
in an intentionally‐caused fire at 48‐50 Wolcott Street in New Haven, 
Connecticut. Hector Natal, a neighbor of the Robersons, was charged with arson 
resulting in death, and his father, Hector Morales, was charged with being ... More...
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United States of America v. David Polos

New York, NY - Former DEA Agent Sentenced For Making False Statements Regarding Employment At Adult Entertainment Establishment

David Polos, formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), was sentenced to one year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and $5,300 in financial penalties for conspiracy and making false statements to th... More...
   $0 (02-09-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal

New York, NY - Arizona Man Convicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Material Support To ISIS
Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal Helped Samy El-Goarany Travel from New York City to Syria, where El-Goarany Joined, Trained with, and Died Fighting for ISIS

AHMED MOHAMMED EL GAMMAL, a resident of Arizona, was convicted today of multiple terrorism offenses in connection with his efforts to help Samy ... More...
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On September 16, 2003, Ramirez was charged in a one‐count 5
indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five 6
kilograms or more of cocaine. On May 6, 2004, Ramirez pleaded 7
guilty pursuant to a plea agreement that stipulated to a Guidelines 8
range  of  151  to  188  months’  imprisonment.  Prior  to  sentencing, 9
however,  Ramirez  made  a  mo... More...
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Child-porn charges

While working as a babysitter, Powers took sexually explicit  photos of, and engaged in sexual acts involving, a seven‐year‐old girl  (“V‐1”).  On  August  4,  2014,  Powers  took  four  pornographic photographs  of  V‐1.  That  same  day,  Powers  connected  with  an  undercover  FBI  agent  through  an  online  site  used to swap pornographic pictures of children, and sen... More...   $0 (11-22-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Jamal Smalls

New York, NY - Leading Member Of Bloods Sentenced To 55 Years For Murder, Shooting, And Narcotics Trafficking

Jamal Smalls was sentenced today to 55 years in prison for the July 26, 2012, drug-related murder of Doneil White; leading a narcotics trafficking conspiracy that distributed powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin in 2012 and 2013; and using and discharging firearms in connect... More...
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From 2011 until 2013, Stevenson was a Member of the New 12
York State Assembly as a representative of District 79 in the Bronx.  13
In March 2012, federal law enforcement officers began investigating 14
his interactions with a group of individuals (the “Businessmen”) 15
who were seeking assistance in opening and operating adult daycare 16
centers in the Bronx.  For the nex... More...
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The factual setting in which this dispute arose is largely undisputed and is  established primarily by affidavits submitted by or on behalf of the parties.    Microsoft Corporation is a United States business incorporated and  headquartered in Washington State.  Since 1997, Microsoft has operated a “web‐based  e‐mail” service available for public use without charge.  Joint Appendix (“J... More...   $0 (07-16-2016 - NY)

Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America

Microsoft Corporation appeals from orders of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denying its motion to quash a warrant (“Warrant”) issued under § 2703 of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA” or the “Act”), 18 U.S.C.
§§ 2701 et seq., and holding Microsoft in contempt of court for refusing to execute the Warrant on the government’s behalf. The Warrant directed ... More...
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United States of America v. David Polos

New York, NY - Former Dea Supervisor And Employee Convicted Of Making False Statements In National Security Forms

DAVID POLOS, formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and GLEN GLOVER, a DEA Information Technology Specialist, were convicted of conspiracy and making false statements to the government in national security forms regardin... More...
   $0 (06-12-2016 - NY)


Defendant appeals from an order that denied his motion pursuant to CPL 440.20 seeking to set aside the sentence imposed upon his conviction of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree (Penal Law § 165.45 [4]), for which he was sentenced as a persistent felony offender to an indeterminate prison term of 25 years to life. We previously affirmed the judgment of conviction on defen... More...   $0 (05-08-2016 - NY)


Defendant‐appellant Daniel J. Halloran appeals from a judgment of
conviction entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York (Kenneth M. Karas, Judge) on two counts of wire fraud, 18 U.S.C.
§§ 1343, 1346; two counts of violating the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952; and one
count of conspiracy to commit both substantive offenses, 18 U.S.C. § 371.... More...
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The VA issued a request for proposals in 2011 for the development and leasing of a hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania.
In June 2012, losing bidder Gilbane/Cedarwood Development (“Gilbane”) filed an agency-level bid protest with the government’s contracting officer, contending that Westar should not have received the award because it was not a responsible bidder. Am. Compl. ¶ 19, Ex. D; Am.... More...
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Lockhart v. United States of America

Defendants convicted of possessing child pornography in violation of 18 U. S. C. §2252(a)(4) are subject to a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and an increased maximum sentence if they have “a prior conviction . . . under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward.” §2252(b)(2). The question before us is whether th... More...   $0 (03-04-2016 - NY)

Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft v. U.S. Oil Trading LLC

This action presents, as the District Court aptly put it,  “interesting  and  apparently  novel  questions  regarding  the  interplay among the United States bankruptcy law, maritime law  and the federal interpleader statutes.” Hapag‐Lloyd contracted with  non‐appealing Defendant O.W. Bunker Germany GmbH (“O.W.  Germany”)  to  purchase  fuel  bunkers  for  these  three  ships,  among  ... More...   $0 (02-26-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Viloski

Viloski was a lawyer and real‐estate broker who worked with  Dick’s  Sporting  Goods  (“DSG”)  on  a  number  of  development  projects.1  From  1998  through  2005,  he  participated  in  a  kickback  scheme  involving  the  construction  of  new  DSG  stores,  in  which  developers  or  landlords  paid  “consulting”  fees—sometimes  in  exchange for work never performed—to Viloski in his c... More...   $0 (02-18-2016 - NY)


On April 23, 2003, Plaintiff, Call Henry, Inc., entered into a contract with Defendant, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), whereby plaintiff agreed to provide inspection, maintenance, and testing services for the John H. Glenn Research Center in Brook Park, Ohio. This contract has a base period of three years followed by up to seven one-year option periods and is a servic... More...   $0 (02-18-2016 - NY)

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