Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Albany Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Faster Trials

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Ever since Kalief Browder committed suicide in 2016 after waiting almost three years on Rikers for a trial, advocates of criminal justice reform have been lobbying for speedier trials.


Brooklyn District Attorney's Race Heats Up Heading into Summer Campaign

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Bail reform, protecting immigrants and the integrity of prosecutions were all topics at a candidates forum for the seven Democrats running for Brooklyn District Attorney.


Missing: New York Immigration Judges

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

As part of a crackdown on illegal immigration, the Trump Administration is assigning judges from the nation's busiest immigration court to the border where some say they're not needed.

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Why New York's Immigration Court Is Even Busier, With Fewer Judges, Under Trump

Monday, June 05, 2017

New York City has the nation’s busiest immigration court. But it doesn’t have enough judges. A WNYC analysis found that Trump Administration policies have cause even more chaos.

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NY Attorney General Closes Bronx Businessman's Charity

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The decision forces Carlos Davila to stop selling his homemade 'National Identification' cards to immigrants, following an investigation by WNYC and Telemundo 47.

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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Sexting Case

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weiner cried as he apologized to the teenager with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse," the former congressman said in court.

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'Perfect Storm For Exploitation': Program To Defend Immigrants Draws Scrutiny

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Justice Department has recruited thousands of people without law degrees to help defend immigrants. Now, a man who sold misleading ID cards for $200 is prompting more oversight at the department.


Immigration Lawyers Call For More Oversight Of U.S. Representation Program

Friday, May 12, 2017

With a shortage of lawyers to represent immigrants, the Justice Department has recruited thousands of people without law degrees to help. One of those representatives has come under scrutiny.


Congresswoman Calls for More Oversight of Non-Lawyers Representing Immigrants

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Following a WNYC-Telemundo 47 investigation, Rep. Velázquez wants closer scrutiny of a federal program that allowed a man with criminal convictions to represent immigrants in court.

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When Immigrants Are Vulnerable to Scams

Monday, May 08, 2017

A convicted felon is nevertheless certified to represent immigrants in court by the DOJ — and is now selling cards that falsely promise to protect his clients from deportation.


Felon Has Federal Approval to Represent Immigrants. Now He's Selling This.

Monday, May 08, 2017

After he got out of prison, a Bronx businessman got an accreditation from the Department of Justice. A WNYC-Telemundo 47 investigation found immigrants now accuse him of defrauding them.

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To Help Close Rikers, City Bets on a Growing Alternative to Bail

Monday, April 10, 2017

For the city to close the complex, it has to stop sending poor defendants to jail simply because they can't post bail. An alternative called supervised release is showing promise.  


Bronx Man Released from Detention, but Still at Risk of Deportation

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Juan Vivares is back with his family in the Bronx, two weeks after immigration agents abruptly sent him to a Texas detention center.


The Judge Will See You Now. By Skype.

Monday, April 03, 2017

For domestic violence victims, it can be hard enough to talk about what happened, let alone go to court for an order of protection. But what if they could do so remotely? 

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Colombian Man's Swift Detention Worries Immigrant Advocates

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Colombian who lost his asylum case was flown to a Texas detention center a day after being detained in New York, raising new questions about President Trump's immigration policies. 


Family Court Judges Get Guidance on How to Help Immigrant Crime Victims

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A new memo explains what New York family court judges can do to assist immigrants who help law enforcement.


A Witness' Best Friend in Court

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We've all seen working dogs sniffing luggage in airports or assisting police. But there's a growing movement to provide working dogs in courthouses for emotional security.


Trump Administration Clashes with New York City Policy on Detaining Immigrants

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The federal government claims the city refused to turn over four unauthorized immigrants last month, but the city is standing by its own policy.


Immigrants Feel Under Siege and the City Council Wants to Help

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

City Council members are looking for ways to make New York's immigrants feel more secure in the age of President Trump. 


With Bharara Out, What's Next for NY's Southern District Office?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

As U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara handled high-profile public corruption and Wall Street cases. Watchdogs question whether his successor will have the same priorities.

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