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Bloomberg Blasts Parking Grace Period

Monday, January 12, 2009

City council members are seeking to give drivers a five-minute "grace period" after a parking meter expires before a traffic agent slaps a ticket on their windshield.

Several lawmakers say a "ticketing blitz" is underway, and instead of encouraging compliance with meter deadlines, it's punitive. But ...

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The Takeaway

Dictator's son to be sentenced in Miami

Friday, January 09, 2009

Charles ''Chuckie'' Taylor Jr., the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, is scheduled to be sentenced in Miami today. In October he was convicted of torture in the first test of a 1994 law allowing the prosecution of U.S. citizens for alleged acts of torture committed abroad. Prosecutors are seeking a 147 year term. The federal courts reporter for the Miami Herald Jay Weaver joins The Takeaway to discuss this historic case.

For more information, read Jay Weaver's article 'Chuckie' Taylor faces life sentence in landmark torture case in the Miami Herald.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Justice for Marty Tankleff

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hear new details about the case of Marty Tankleff, who served 17 years in prison before his conviction for the murder of his parents was overturned. He was released a year ago. Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter are co-authors of A Criminal Injustice; Salpeter was also the private eye ...

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WNYC News

Council Requires NYPD Weapons Reports

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The City Council voted unanimously to require the police department to file annual reports about officers' use of their guns. Currently, the New York Police Department voluntarily submits its firearms discharge reports. Under the new legislation, the NYPD would have to break down shootings by ...

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WNYC News

Morgenthau: Crane Accident Was Avoidable

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Following a nine-month investigation into a crane accident that killed seven people last year, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says the accident could have been avoided.

REPORTER: Morgenthau says the contractor, William Rapetti, failed to use the recommended new slings to hold up a heavy piece ...

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Contractor Charged in Crane Collapse

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Long Island contractor has been charged with manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide, in the deadly crane collapse in Midtown last spring that killed seven people.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says crane rigger William Rapetti knowingly used old and deteriorated slings to hold up a ...

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WNYC News

With New Year Come New Laws

Thursday, January 01, 2009

It's the first day of 2009 and dozens of state laws are taking effect in New York. They govern everything from composting to tax refunds. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: There's no such thing as an "early tax refund," and now tax preparers will be ...

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The Takeaway

Melamine-tainted milk goes on trial in China

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chinese state media reports four milk company executives and five others have gone on trial in connection with the melamine-tainted milk scandal. Sanlu, the company at the center of the scandal, has gone bankrupt after officials blamed their milk and milk-based products of killing at least six people and sickening hundreds of thousands of others. The BBC's James Reynolds is covering this story from Beijing.
"There are reports that those charged could face the death penalty."
— James Reynolds on the melamine trials in China

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Judge Kaye Retires

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

When then Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Judge Judith Kaye to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1983 she was the first woman to serve on the state's highest court. Now 25 years later she has served longer than any other chief judge in New York history. On the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Legal Thrills

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Virginia circuit court judge Martin Clark moonlights as an author of legal thrillers. His latest, The Legal Limit, is about a successful district attorney whose youthful crime comes back to haunt him.

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WNYC News

Drop in Crime Despite Rise in Murder Rate

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4 percent drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says given the falling economy, ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fort Dix Fallout

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A jury has convicted five men of conspiracy to murder but acquitted them of attempted murder in the Fort Dix terrorism trial. Karen Greenberg, executive director of the NYU Center on Law and Security, looks at the implications of the Fort Dix verdict. And Jim ...

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The Takeaway

Last minute Bush Administration rule permits health care workers to deny services

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In its final weeks the Bush Administration has issued a federal rule that allows health care workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable. Doctors and nurses have had the right to opt-out of providing abortions for decades, but this new rule is much broader. Slate's senior legal correspondent, Dahlia Lithwick, gives The Takeaway the rundown.
"A doctor who objects to abortion need not tell a patient that he's seen something on her scan that suggests there is a problem with a fetus."
— Dahlia Lithwick on new healthcare regulations

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WNYC News

New York Crime City Rates Drop

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4% drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

Mayor Bloomberg says along with the falling economy, maintaining the ...

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NYPD Commissioner Calls Verdicts "Disappointing"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's not everyday we get a verdict, let alone a mistrial, in a police murder case. Yesterday, we got both. Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato was cleared of second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui.

A judge also declared a ...

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Indictments Handed Up in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sixteen months after two firefighters died in a fire in the ill-fated Deutsche bank building at the World Trade Center, Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau has gotten an indictment against private sector construction officials and a subcontractor.

Indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are Jeffrey Melfochik ...

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Five Convicted in Fort Dix Plot

Monday, December 22, 2008

A jury has convicted five men of conspiring to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, in New Jersey.

That's after five days of deliberations. The men were Muslim immigrants originally from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and elsewhere.

Sohail Mohammad is an immigration attorney in New Jersey, he says ...

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WNYC News

Councilman Arrested for Domestic Violence

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Queens Councilman has been charged with assault, after he brought his girlfriend to a hospital early this morning seeking treatment for cuts around her eye.

Councilman Hiram Monserratte is to become a state senator next month. He was praised for his service by his council ...

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The Takeaway

Blagojevich hires legendary Chicago defense attorney

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ed Genson defended R. Kelly and Conrad Black, not to mention countless mobsters and disgraced pols.

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WNYC News

Don't Drink & Ride

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dozens of people die in the New York City subway system each year. A new study looks at who these people are, and what led to their deaths.

Between 1990 and 2003, almost 700 people died in the subway system, according to researchers at Columbia University’s ...

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