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July 19, 2017 | New York Times

On Wednesday, a judge in Manhattan sentenced Mr. Baril, who had pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and one count of attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, to 22 years in prison, approving an agreement between the defense and the prosecution. “I think the disposition that we have reached is as close to justice as we can come,”...

July 19, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

A Bronx man who attacked seemingly random victims with a hammer was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in state prison. David Baril, 32 years old, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault and attempted assault of a police officer in state Supreme Court in Manhattan in May. ...

July 18, 2017 | City & State

By Greg Berman and Julian Adler

Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced a new slate of reforms aimed at avoiding criminal prosecution for approximately 20,000 non-violent misdemeanor cases per year. Going forward, individuals arrested for jumping the subway turnstile and minor drug possession in Manhattan...

July 01, 2017 | New York Law Journal

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Friday that it will not prosecute most "turnstile jumping" cases and minor drug offenses, effectively eliminating 20,000 criminal cases a year. "The criminal prosecution of these low-level, non-violent offenses should not be a part of a reformed 21st-century justice system,"...

June 30, 2017 | New York Times

Even as crime has fallen to record lows in recent years, the police have continued to haul thousands of fare beaters into the city’s criminal courts, filling the calendars with cases that often end with the defendants pleading guilty and being sentenced to the time they had already been in jail. Now, the Manhattan district...

June 30, 2017 | New York Daily News

A backlog of minor crimes will shrink in Manhattan through a new effort to eliminate turnstile jumping cases that "bog down" the system starting in September, the DA announced Friday.

First-time "theft of services" transit offenders are expected to be issued a civil summons, which will be handled...

June 30, 2017 | Gothamist

Subway turnstile jumpers will no longer face criminal prosecution in the borough of Manhattan starting this fall, under a new initiative from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the DA announced this morning. Vance announced in a press release this morning that his office "will no longer prosecute the overwhelming majority of individuals charged with Theft of...

June 20, 2017 | New York Daily News

An assistant hotel manager who kidnapped an escort, tied her up and raped her at knifepoint repeatedly at a hotel near Central Park where he worked, was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison on Tuesday. “Today is the day you’re going to die,” former Rodeway Inn employee Farhan Khan, 28, told the victim during the terrifying...

June 20, 2017 | New York Post

A depraved sex fiend who lured an escort to a fleabag hotel on the Upper West Side and brutally raped her was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison Tuesday as his victim blasted him as “the devil” in court. The former assistant manager at the crime-ridden hotel, formerly known as the Rodeway Inn, locked the young woman in a room,...

June 17, 2017 | NY1

New Yorkers with outstanding summonses received a fresh start Saturday. The Manhattan district attorney's office hosted its third "clean slate" warrant forgiveness event. Early risers lined up at the Beth Gospel Assembly Church in East Harlem for a chance at a fresh start. Dozens of New Yorkers from the five boroughs with low-level offenses, like...