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In re 381 Search Warrants Directed to Facebook, Inc.  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02586
Docket Number: 16

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Supreme Court issued 381 warrants directed at Facebook upon a warrant application by the New York County District Attorney’s Office that was supported by an investigator’s affidavit. The warrants sought the acco...

Rivera v. Department of Housing Preservation & Development of the City of New York  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02587
Docket Numbers: 24, 25

Justia Opinion Summary: The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) placed liens upon property for reimbursement of relocation expenses pursuant to Administrative Code 26-305. The two petitioners in these consolid...

People v. Williams  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02588
Docket Number: 28

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Defendant appealed, arguing that he was deprived of a f...

People v. Anderson  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02589
Docket Number: 29

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of attempted murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Defendant appealed, arguing that the prosecutor’s use of PowerPoint slides du...

Obey v City of New York
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02590
Docket Number: 85 SSM 4
People v. Brahney  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02465
Docket Number: 26

Justia Opinion Summary: After a nonjury trial, Defendant was found guilty of intentional murder and two counts of burglary in the first degree. Upon resentencing, the trial court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of fifty-four years...

O'Brien v. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02466
Docket Number: 27

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was working as an employee of DCM Erectors at the 1 World Trade Center construction site when he received a workplace injury. Plaintiff commenced this action against the owner of the premises and the general co...

People v. Cook  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02467
Docket Number: 30

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant committed multiple sexual offenses against four children in both Queens and Richmond Counties. Prosecution was coordinated between the two District Attorneys’ offices on both counties, and Defendant pleaded gui...

People v. Cook  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02468
Docket Number: 31

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged in both Queens and Richmond Counties with committing numerous sex offenses against four children. Defendant pleaded guilty. When Defendant’s release date was approaching, the Board of Examiners of S...

People v Sparks
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02469
Docket Number: 32
People v. Valentin  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02470
Docket Number: 33

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree. The Appellate Division reversed, concluding that the trial court erred in instructing the jury on the initial aggressor exception to justif...

People v Whitehead
Date: March 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02358
Docket Number: 18
People v. Leonard  
Date: March 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02359
Docket Numbers: 19, 20

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree and unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. The Appellate Division affirmed the judgment, concluding that the trial court did n...

Matter of East Ramapo Cent. Sch. Dist. v King
Date: March 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02360
Docket Number: 21
People v. Jackson  
Date: March 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 NY Slip Op 02361
Docket Number: 22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual act in the first degree. Before trial, the trial court gave the People permission to question Defendant about the fact that Defendant had been adjud...

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