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June 15, 2011 | New York Daily News

Jessica Reyes was just 15 when she managed to fight off a rapist who broke her nose, choked her and tried to strip her in the stairwell of an upper Manhattan apartment building.

She spent seven years looking over her shoulder for an attacker who remained on the loose.

"It was like looking for a ghost," said the petite 22-year-old...

June 14, 2011 | New York Times

With the casual flick of a spent cigarette, Lerio Guerrero unwittingly demonstrated recent advances in DNA testing and a heretofore unspoken peril of smoking.

Mr. Guerrero, an ex-convict, was sitting inside a Brooklyn police stationhouse, arrested for trespassing but also a suspect in a sexual assault of a woman in Brooklyn last month. He did not...

June 11, 2011 |

The indictment of a repeat offender on 13-year-old rape charges documents yet again why the Legislature and Gov. Cuomo must force all criminals to surrender a DNA sample upon conviction.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance charged Lerio Guerrero yesterday with assaulting a 28-year-old college professor on Orchard St. in lower Manhattan in...

June 04, 2011 | New York Post

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. yesterday urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would turn serial domestic-violence offenders into felons, ideally stopping them before they kill someone.

"This bill will save lives," Vance said, noting that the number of domestic-violence complaints had risen citywide to more than 250,...

May 14, 2011 | Daily News

New York has a new poster boy who shows why the Legislature and Gov. Cuomo must force all criminals, not just felons and a handful of misdemeanants, to surrender a DNA sample upon conviction.

Curtis Tucker is a repeat offender who'd racked up an eight-year string of misdemeanor convictions - for weapons possession, drugs, criminal...

May 14, 2011 | New York Daily News

DNA evidence gave Manhattan prosecutors another crack at a Harlem sex fiend and cost the perv an extra 15-year prison stretch yesterday.

Curtis Tucker, who is already serving 5-1/2 years for a violent home invasion, was sentenced Tuesday to the additional jail time after DNA tied him to the 2004 attempted rape of a 15-year-old.


May 13, 2011 | Daily News

What's most impressive about the arrests of two alleged anti-Jewish jihadists from Queens is that the NYPD's Intelligence Division identified the men before they could do harm.

That took very finely tuned antennae, street smarts and the capacity to field undercover operatives who can gain the trust of wary lunatic extremists. Tall...

April 10, 2011 | Associated Press


Ronnie Earl had racked up more than 100 convictions when New York City police found him sleeping on the roof of a housing project last month. It was mainly low-level stuff — drugs and trespassing came up a lot — but when the 55-year-old went in front of the judge on the new trespassing charge, prosecutors had had enough...

April 07, 2011 | New York Law Journal

Each day in Criminal Court, our assistant district attorneys are prepared to take to trial some of the more than 100,000 non-felony cases the Manhattan District Attorney's Office handles annually. Defense lawyers arrive, as do the defendants. Victims and witnesses take time off from work or school, and police officers leave their beats or...

March 28, 2011 | New York Observer

Domestic violence continues to plague far too many homes even as crime rates outside the home continue to decline. Worse, many of the perpetrators are repeat offenders who escape the harsh punishment they deserve.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance wants elected officials to give him and his colleagues the tools they need to crack down on...