Category: Legal Pulse

Man’s Sexual Tendencies Properly Admitted to Jury

Man’s Sexual Tendencies Properly Admitted to Jury

–by Darian Niforatos Citations: People v. Brewer, 2016 N.Y. LEXIS 3495 (2016); People v. Molineux, 61 N.E. 286 (N.Y. 1901). Abstract: The issue surrounding this case was whether the trial court erred in allowing the...

Prosecutors Can Impeach with Inconsistent Statements to Police

Prosecutors Can Impeach with Inconsistent Statements to Police

–by Emily Keable Citations: People v. Chery, 2016 N.Y. Lexis 3459 (2016); People v. Savage, 409 N.E.2d 858 (N.Y. 1980). Abstract: When a defendant’s initial statements to the police differ from the testimony the defendant...

NYS Law Passed to “Put an End to Airbnb” in NYC; Airbnb has Rushed to Sue for a Preliminary Injunction

NYS Law Passed to “Put an End to Airbnb” in NYC; Airbnb has Rushed to Sue for a Preliminary Injunction

–by Carlie Roman Citations: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/S6340/amendment/A; http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbnb-in-talks-to-settle-new-york-lawsuit-1477959169 ; http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/technology/new-york-passes-law-airbnb.html?_r=0 ; http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-marathon-runners-race-airbnb-new-state-law-article-1.2859787 Abstract: Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that can impose up to $7,500 in fines for advertising illegal short-term apartment rentals in New...

School Boards Forced to Submit to Local Zoning Schemes in Building Athletic Facilities

School Boards Forced to Submit to Local Zoning Schemes in Building Athletic Facilities

—by Samuel Cohen Sources: John Wolohan & Samuel Cohen, Zoning Regulations Dismantle School’s Bleachers, Athletic Bus., Nov. 2016, at 22; Jeff Gruba v. Community High School District No. 1, 40 N.E.3d 1 (Ill. 2015)...

New York State Senate Seeks to Stop Scalpers

New York State Senate Seeks to Stop Scalpers

—by Conor Tallet Sources: S.B. S6931C, 2015-2016 Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2016); Andrew J. Lanza, Senate Passes Lanza’s Bill to Help Stop “Bots” from Ruining Consumers’ Chances of Buying Concert and Other Event Tickets (May 25,...

Justice Department Rejects Forensic Science Recommendations; Critics Disapprove

Justice Department Rejects Forensic Science Recommendations; Critics Disapprove

—by Jennifer Pratt Abstract: Attorney General Loretta Lynch opted not to adopt any recommendations set forth in a report to the President about the unreliability of scientific testing in court settings.  Critics fear this...

New York State Senate Passes Bill to Accommodate Ride Sharing Apps, but the Assembly Will Not Follow

New York State Senate Passes Bill to Accommodate Ride Sharing Apps, but the Assembly Will Not Follow

—by S. Alex Berlucchi Sources: S.B. 4280, 238th S. Sess., 2015-2016 Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2016); Mike McAndrew, Senate Passes Uber in Upstate NY Bill, but Assembly Expected to Balk, Syracuse.com, 1, 1 (June 17,...

Bill Introduced to Prevent Sex Offenders from Playing Virtual Reality Games

Bill Introduced to Prevent Sex Offenders from Playing Virtual Reality Games

—by Will Kilgore Sources: S.B. 8174, 238th S. Sess., 2015–2016 Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2016); N.Y. Penal Law § 65.10 (McKinney 2016). Abstract: New York Senator Jeffrey Klein introduced Senate Bill 8174 to prohibit sex...

California Passes Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

California Passes Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

—by Astrid Quiñones Source: Sex Crimes: Mandatory Prison Sentence, California, Assembly Bill No. 2888, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2888 Abstract: In response to the Brock Turner case, California enacted legislation to disallow probation and provide a mandatory minimum...

Recently Introduced Bill Provides Data Breach Insurance Tax Credit

Recently Introduced Bill Provides Data Breach Insurance Tax Credit

—by Adam Koulish H.R. 6032, 114th Cong. (2016) (as referred to H.R. Comm. on Ways and Means, Sept. 14, 2016). Cybersecurity Framework FAQs Framework Basics, Nat’l Inst. of Standards and Tech. (last visited Sept. 25,...