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Googling justice

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When New York Times National Legal Correspondent John Schwartz was called for jury duty, he Googled the defendant's name because it sounded familiar. When he realized his error, he also realized he wasn't alone. The use of BlackBerrys and iPhones by jurors serving on legal cases is wreaking havoc on trials around the country. The Takeaway talks to John Schwartz about whether trials need to change or whether technology will change trials.

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WNYC News

Madoff Accountant Arrested

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The fallout from Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme widened today, with the arrest of his longtime accountant on fraud charges. David Friehling is accused of helping the disgraced money manager cheat thousands of investors out of billions of dollars over the last 20 years. He's ...

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WNYC News

Feds OK Term Limits Change in NYC

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The federal government has approved the city's change to its term-limits law, clearing the final hurdle for Mayor Bloomberg to run again this year.

Under the Voting Rights Act the Justice Department must approve changes to voting rules in New York City.

Last fall Bloomberg got the ...

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WNYC News

Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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WNYC News

Weiner Returns Campaign Funds

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The City Campaign Finance Board confirms that Congressman Anthony Weiner has returned more than $61,000 dollars of donations to his campaign for mayor. The contributions were from several companies linked to developers who gave thousands of dollars through different corporate entities. Those kinds of contributions ...

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Bank of America Must Reveal Bonus Info

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A judge is ordering Bank of America to disclose information about bonuses given to employees at Merrill Lynch, just before B of A bought the brokerage company. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and B of A have been sparring over the release of the ...

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Custodian Accused of Bilking School

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A custodian at West Side High School in Manhattan is accused of organizing a payroll scheme in which he stole nearly $100,000 from the Education Department. The Special Commissioner of Investigations for the city schools claims Philip Portelli clocked two fellow custodians for overtime and ...

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NJ's Xanadu: Lessons for Stimulus Spending?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Billions of dollars in federal stimulus aid is on the way to our region. But while local politicians are applauding the aid, many of the decisions about how the money will be spent will be made by public authorities largely operating out of public view. ...

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Cuomo Demands to See AIG Contracts

Monday, March 16, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to AIG, demanding that the troubled insurance firm detail who is getting big bonuses. Cuomo also wants to see the contracts that supposedly force AIG to make good on executive bonuses. He told reporters in a ...

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The Takeaway

Documentary highlights animal abuses on factory farms

Friday, March 13, 2009

Each year, 10 billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S. and most spend their lives on industrialized farms that aren't federally mandated to treat animals humanely. An activist and investigator that goes by the name of "Pete" went undercover at factory farms to document abuses towards animals. A vegan, Pete worked undercover at a farm in Ohio and took footage of how farm animals are treated for the new HBO documentary, “Death on a Factory Farm." He joins The Takeaway to talk about his experience.

Watch a clip of "Death on a Factory Farm" below.

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WNYC News

Judge to Decide on Merrill Bonuses

Friday, March 13, 2009

A judge says he'll decide within a week whether Bank of America has to cough up a list of performance bonuses given to top employees of Merrill Lynch, days before Merrill was acquired by Bank of America. State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Fried didn't indicate ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banking on the Italian Mafia

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The credit crisis has made Italian banks less willing to give out loans. Desperate for cash, many Italian businesses are starting to turn to the Mafia for financing. Washington Post Foreign Correspondent Mary Jordan explains what this means for the Mafia and what happens to the debtors when a loan ...

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The Takeaway

Pakistani lawyers take to the streets in protest

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In Pakistan, lawyers and opposition activists launched a cross country protest to confront the civilian government which has banned rallies and detained hundreds of activists. The long march was called for by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to press for an independent judiciary, and to restore the Supreme Court chief justice. This would destabilize the year-old government of President Asif Ali Zardari. Joining the Takeaway is Aamir Gauhri, a Pakistani analyst, formerly with the BBC who is currently writing a book on civil and military relations in Pakistan.

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The Takeaway

Mayor Kilpatrick's texts leave scandalous electronic paper trail

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The relationship between Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his top aide Christine Beatty may be over and done, their text messages live on. On Monday, 682 text messages were released for public consumption and on Tuesday a million-dollar lawsuit was filed by the former mayor's attorney. Some of the texts show Kilpatrick exchanging sexual innuendo with other women. On The Takeaway this morning, Oneita Jackson, who writes the O Street Blog and is a copy editor for the Detroit Free Press talks about this electronic paper trail and it's implications.

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WNYC News

Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Prostitution and the Law

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Patricia Pileggi, criminal defense attorney, partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, former federal prosecutor serving as the chief of the public integrity unit of the Eastern District of New York, talks about prostitution and the law, on the anniversary of Spitzer scandal.

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WNYC News

Weiner Pushes Bridge Tax for Some Drivers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges -- but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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Relatives of Madoff's Lawyer Were Also Victims

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Relatives of Bernard Madoff's lawyer invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the disgraced Wall Street financier's firm.

That's according to federal prosecutors in Manhattan where a hearing is being held on potential conflicts of interest between Madoff and his attorney. Authorities say they include the ...

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Cyrus Vance Jr. Running for NYC DA

Monday, March 09, 2009

Cyrus Vance Junior officially added his name to the list of Democrats vying to become Manhattan's top prosecutor. At City Hall, he announced his candidacy to replace long-time DA Robert Morgenthau, who's retiring after nine terms. Vance says his top priority will be public safety:

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WNYC News

NYS Sells Off Midland Insurance

Monday, March 09, 2009

Twenty three years after it took over a bankrupt insurance company, New York State is selling the remnants of the company.

Eric Dinallo is the state superintendent of insurance. He inherited the defunct Midland Insurance company when he took the job in 2007.

DINALLO: Oh my I ...

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