There is an increasing tendency for pedestrians and bystanders to video police interactions with suspects, particularly in New York City. Yet most people aren't sure whether it's legal, or in what circumstances police can ask them to turn off their recording device. Often, the individual attempting to video the police tries to do it without being seen. Others are very direct about what they're doing, almost as if it were a challenge to the officers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law revisions to the way police officers report incidences of domestic violence, called the Domestic Incident Report. While police paperwork is not usually any reason to stop and pay attention, in this case the revisions could have a significant impact on whether individuals are charged with domestic violence.
Recent Grand Jury decisions involving claims of excessive Police force in the cases of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, has caused a great deal of outrage, confusion and questions regarding those decisions by the Grand Jury. With respect to the Brown case, that Grand Jury decision was released on November 24, 2014. The Eric Garner decision was released on December 3, 2014. You can read about both those cases in depth by just Googling their names. The purpose of this blog is just to talk about what a Grand Jury is.
Unfortunately, very serious allegations of criminal conduct have been lodged against lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein. The most serious charge in the investigation at this point is Rape. There are different degrees of Rape, i.e., Rape in the First Degree, Rape in the Second Degree and Rape in the Third Degree. Each of these charges are Felonies under the New York Penal Law. Rape in the First Degree is a Class B Felony, while in Rape in the Second Degree is a Class D Felony and Rape in the Third Degree is a Class E Felony.
Corey Dunton, who is only 16 years old, is being charged as an adult in the shooting that left two young men, one only 14 years old, injured. Unfortunately, the news reports that the 14-year-old may be paralyzed from the waist down.