Albany Times Union: Trial starts in Troy excessive force case

A civil rights lawsuit over whether three Troy police officers used excessive force and falsely arrested a man in 2011 goes to trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Utica. Claiming his rights were violated, John Larkins, represented by Gennaro Calabrese of Kindlon Shanks & Associates, sued the city and officers Justin Ashe, Dominick Comitale and Martin…

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Albany Times Union: Top Court KOs Local Residency Laws

The state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that state law restricting the residency of registered sex offenders supersedes local and county laws. The Court of Appeals struck down the law in Nassau County. At least 117 other municipalities across New York — including Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties — had passed similar laws designed keep offenders certain…

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Albany Times Union: Kindlon: Judge’s omission critical

An Albany-based attorney asked the state’s top court Wednesday to overturn his client’s conviction for attempted burglary because of a judge’s omission. “When a defendant steps to the bar to take a guilty plea, such a dramatic decision should be made with as much knowledge as possible,” Kindlon told the Court of Appeals. click here to read…

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Albany Times Union: Where Should Sex Offenders Live?

click here to read the article A local attorney told the state’s top court Monday that a county law restricting the residency of convicted sex offenders within 1,000 feet of schools should be superseded by state law and not be enforced. “It’s counter to what the state’s goals are,” Kathy Manley, a lawyer based in Albany,…

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