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Patrick Clark, 42, of 50 Highland Avenue, New Rochelle, New York pled guilty to Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony, on October 16th before Judge Susan Cacace in Westchester County Court in White Plains, NY.
The case was adjourned to January 15, 2013 for sentence. Clark faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Toni Ann Gagliardi of the Investigations Division prosecuted the case.Read more
This link from one of my favorite legal blogs, The Volokh Conspiracy, bothers me:
This "court attorney referee" would probably benefit from an immediate CLE course on the rules of evidence, while concentrating on relevance and materiality. Of course, the mother shouldn't have been forced to testify about attending concerts long ago and other extraneous events. If I was her attorney, I would have caused a scene with my objections.Read more
Richard Lipsky, a former lobbyist for Echo Bay developer Forest City Ratner, received a sentence of three months in federal prison in connection to his political corruption guilty plea. The New York Times is reporting Lipsky's lenient sentence is in consideration of his (Lipsky's) "substantial credit for his cooperation" and, according to a 4 page letter issued from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of New York "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons".
At the time of his entering a guilty plea in January, Mr Lipsky was facing up to 10 years in jail as a result of a broad investigation that included bribing a politician in return for favors that would benefit his clients. Among those involved were Brooklyn Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger who also plead guilty to corruption. Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison earlier this year.Read more
I had to read the following article twice, which ran in The New York Times on September 15, 2012, because it was so troubling:
In a nutshell, debt collection attorneys are sending out letters - utilizing a prosecutor's letterhead - to people who have written bad checks. These letters threaten the consumers with jail time if they do not pay the amount of the bounced check, plus other large fees. Here is a link to an example of this kind of collection letter:Read more