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January 09, 2018 | New York Daily News

The Manhattan district attorney’s office will no longer seek bail for most misdemeanor and violation cases, DA Cy Vance Jr. said Tuesday. “A systemic reliance on bail for low-level offenses is out of step with a reformed, 21st-century justice system,” Vance said. “It is fundamentally unfair and does not make us safer, given the...

January 09, 2018 | WNYC

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez took the unusual step of announcing together that they will no longer request that bail be set in most misdemeanor and violation cases. Both prosecutors noted bail has a disproportionate impact on low income people of color, who are more likely to be sent to jail while awaiting trial...

January 09, 2018 | Wall Street Journal

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday it would no longer ask that judges set bail for people accused of most misdemeanors...“When non-violent New Yorkers are jailed as a function of their inability to pay, we perpetuate inequality and mass incarceration, and bring about unnecessary immigration, employment and family consequences,”...

January 05, 2018 | Crain's

(Op-Ed by Joseph Geiger)

Wage theft is a virus that plagues the construction industry and is infecting even average New Yorkers, unknown to them. Chances are you or someone you know has worked in construction, a vital industry in New York City that employs roughly 145,000 people. It’s also possible that you or someone you know has fallen...

January 03, 2018 | NY1

Lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to lengthen the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. Advocates of the Child Victims Act gathered yesterday around the "Fearless Girl" statue in Lower Manhattan. They say survivors of child sex abuse should have until the age of 28 to take their abusers to court. The current statute of limitations runs out when...

January 03, 2018 | New York Daily News

A Manhattan judge slammed the misogynist sicko who forced his girlfriend to march outside naked with the maximum sentence Wednesday — sending him to prison for as many as seven years. Jasson Melo, 26, faced time for coercion, a felony, for making the 22-year-old mother of his child undress and walk around his Harlem block. This followed hours...

December 21, 2017 | New York Post

A Manhattan man who stabbed his grandmother to death with a faux elephant tusk was sentenced to 20 years behind bars Thursday. Dominick Anderson attacked his 62-year-old granny — jabbing the tusk straight through one cheek and right out the other — because he thought she was trying to cast a voodoo curse on him, prosecutors said....

December 19, 2017 | New York Post

The cold-blooded monster who fatally strangled his teacher-turned-lover and their 4-year-old child was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Tuesday. Isaac Duran Infante, 24, declined to speak before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon laid into the admitted murderer, calling his December 2016 slaying of Felicia Barahona and their child,...

December 15, 2017 | NBC New York

A New York City man has been convicted of coercion, assault and other charges for beating his former girlfriend, forcing her to walk naked down a public street and recording the abuse so he could show the video to friends. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Friday that 26-year-old Jasson Melo assaulted his former girlfriend in his Harlem home...

December 15, 2017 | New York Daily News

Three ancient Lebanese statues, stolen and missing for decades, were returned to their rightful owners Friday by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. The irreplaceable artifacts, dating as far back as the 6th century BCE, were happily accepted by Lebanese Consul General Majdi Ramadan at a repatriation ceremony....