More CO’s on Rikers?
In New York, few are unaware of the reputation of Rikers Island for violence and abysmal conditions, but recently conditions inside the prison seem to have gotten out of control. Ten detainees have died there this year, at least five by taking their own lives. And yet, the majority of those who are held there […]READ MORE
How Social Media Led to the Arrest and Extradition of a Local Gang Shooting Suspect
In New York City, we know all too well the heartache of gang violence and how it affects families and the community. But the 2019 murder of Aamir Griffin was particularly heartbreaking. Griffin was well known by the South Jamaica community as a star athlete and all-around “good kid” who was senselessly gunned down on […]READ MORE
How New York’s Fireworks Laws Can Impact YOU
July 4th has come and gone and left a wake of arrests in New York City in its path. During our recent annual Independence Day celebration, some individuals came away with little worth celebrating. The day after, it was reported that New York City Police seized over $54,000 worth of illegal fireworks, six illegal firearms, […]READ MORE
Drunk Driver Causes Fatal Lyft Accident in Queens
Just last week, a motorist with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system fatally hit a Lyft driver when he failed to stop at a red light in Queens. Nearby surveillance video shows that the drunk driver hit the Lyft driver so hard that the force of the impact sent the Lyft vehicle […]READ MORE
Love Affair Gone Bad — How Social Media Can Derail a Criminal Defense
While unrequited love leading to murder is nothing new, the social media profiles of the parties involved often shed light on motive and provide evidence that would not be as readily available without it. Take the case of Mayra Zulfiqar, a British woman who was recently murdered in her rented home in Pakistan on May […]READ MORE
Shedding Mask Regime in NYC – Any Arrests for Violation Pandemic Measures?
As of Wednesday, according to new guidelines by the CDC, people should not have to wear masks when outside, whether they are vaccinated or not. Vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks at outdoor gatherings, whereas non-vaccinated people should. And everyone should wear masks in crowded outdoor settings, whether vaccinated or not. Governor Cuomo […]READ MORE
NY Detective Found to be a Liar: How Many Convictions May Be Reversed?
What happens when the law becomes the defendant? This is what we are witnessing right now in the case of Joseph Franco. In 2019, Franco, a New York Police Department narcotics detective, was charged with perjury. Over the nearly two decades that he acted as a law enforcement officer in New York, he made thousands […]READ MORE
Sex Trafficking in New York? Really?!!
New sex trafficking charges were filed against Ghislaine Maxwell this week, including a fourth underage victim added to the case and a new charge of sex trafficking conspiracy. And so the Ghislaine Maxwell saga continues. Although the case is salacious fodder for the media frenzy, it does help shine a light on a very real […]READ MORE
What Does The Increase In Asian Hate Crimes Say About Us In New York?
In New York, we are very proud of our heritage as the gateway for the immigrant experience through Ellis Island. But our current pandemic has forced us to acknowledge an unfortunate underbelly of the American immigrant experience: hate crimes that target specific populations. For many Asian Americans and people of Pacific Island descent, they are […]READ MORE
Could Cuomo be Indicted?
Recently, an aide to Governor Cuomo joined the list of women alleging improper behavior on the governor’s part. Rather than merely claiming innuendo or suggestive comments, as previous women have, this aide claims that the governor, at his private residence, was alone with her in a room. She said he closed the door and reached […]READ MORE