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Federal and State Courts Reporter — New York Times
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Reporter for The New York Times. I cover federal & state court in Brooklyn.

2 of 10 Counts Against Sampson, a Brooklyn State Senator, Are Dismissed — The government's case against State Senator John L. Sampson lost some of its heft on Friday when a federal judge dismissed two central embezzlement charges. Mr. Sampson will now probably face only eight counts, including making false statements, concealing records, obstructing justice and witness tampering, when he goes to trial early next year.

Holder, in Brooklyn, Pushes for More Alternatives to Prison — The men and women began speaking on Thursday about their experiences, many approaching tears. One woman talked about how she had walked in on her dead mother's body, and from there had begun sneaking drugs behind the back of her fiancé. Another woman, 60 and a grandmother, had been arrested on drug charges.

In Senator’s Case, Defining ‘Embezzlement’ — State Senator John L. Sampson, who handily won his primary last month despite being under indictment, returned to court on Thursday to seek dismissal of two of the 10 counts against him. His lawyers did not argue that he did not embezzle from the government, but rather that he did it earlier than prosecutors have said.

Training a Cat to Walk on a Leash — THERE are outdoor cats and there are indoor cats. When I brought home Mac, a 4-year-old orange tabby, from a shelter last year, I realized I had acquired a demanding combination of the two.

Grimm’s Trial Delayed Until February — Representative Michael G. Grimm, who is facing federal fraud charges as he seeks re-election, had his trial postponed until Feb. 2. Mr. Grimm, a Republican representing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, is the incumbent in a closely contested race that has drawn national attention - in part because of Mr. Grimm's legal troubles, but also because his opponent, Domenic M.

Video of Officer Accused Of Theft Prompts Inquiry — Lamard Joye was celebrating his 35th birthday with friends last month near a basketball court in Coney Island, Brooklyn. At some point, the police arrived and stopped a friend of his. From several feet away, Mr. Joye objected.

Grimm, Congressman Facing Trial, Blames Politics and Grudges — Lawyers for Representative Michael G. Grimm are arguing that politics and grudges are the central reasons for the federal fraud charges that have been brought against him. The so-called selective prosecution defense essentially argues that one person was unfairly singled out for prosecution in a way that violates his or her constitutional rights.

BusinessWeek, on the Auction Block and Ailing — Numbers sometimes tell a story. And the figures for BusinessWeek suggest it is having one tough time. Bids are due Tuesday for the magazine, which McGraw-Hill has owned for 80 years. A handful of potential investors, including Bloomberg L.P., are still looking at the company.

Animal Abuse Gains Traction as a Serious Crime, With Jail More Often the Result — For reasons he has not fully explained, Andre Robinson first kicked the stray cat several yards. A video of the kick was posted on Facebook. He was soon arrested. Had it been a person he kicked, Mr. Robinson, 22, most likely would have received a quick plea bargain requiring no jail time - if, that is, he had even been arrested.

In Brooklyn, a Move to Thwart Deadly Domestic Abuse — With research suggesting that domestic violence-related homicides are predictable, the Brooklyn district attorney's office has begun to study whether they are preventable. In a pilot program focused on the neighborhood of East New York, prosecutors who handle domestic violence cases will change how they process such cases in an effort to assess whether a defendant charged with a domestic violence crime may be a potential murderer.
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Oct 31, 2014

Big win for indicted senator John Sampson: fed judge just dismissed the two central embezzlement charges against him.

Oct 31, 2014

Despite overincarceration, alternatives-to-prison programs are rare in fed courts. AG Holder now pushing them hard

Oct 30, 2014

Credit Suisse errs in wiring hedge fund $1.5M. Hedge-fund manager splits for Monaco w/$. Fun @MattGoldstein26 piece:

Oct 29, 2014

Smart @APtomhays story: why is lone hatchet-wielding guy who attacked police being charged as a terrorist?…

Oct 29, 2014

Two strangers charged with death of one woman after both drive drunk, crash into her car in unusual case:… @OrenYaniv

Oct 29, 2014

After Ottowa attack, U.S. steps up security at federal buildings. Security "on the lookout for small-scale attack":…

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