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New York Times reporter covering Brooklyn federal & state court. Author, EVERYBODY RISE, coming from St. Martin's Press, Aug 2015. sclifford@nytimes.com.

Hotelier Avoids Prison for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

nytimes.com — A Democratic fund-raiser and high-profile hotelier, Sant Singh Chatwal, who had pleaded guilty to skirting federal campaign-finance laws and witness tampering, avoided being sent to prison on Thursday, despite facing a possible sentence of more than five years. Judge I. Leo Glasser, of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, sentenced Mr. Chatwal to three years of probation.

Gun Arrests With 2 Things in Common: The Officers and Unidentified Informers

nytimes.com — The tip comes from a confidential informer: Someone has a gun. Ten or more minutes later, police officers find a man matching the informer's detailed description at the reported location. A gun is discovered; an arrest is made. That narrative describes how Jeffrey Herring was arrested last year by police officers in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn.

High Expectations for Brooklyn Prosecutor in Handling of Fatal Police Shooting

nytimes.com — It had been less than an hour since the New York attorney general called for the broad authority to investigate killings of unarmed civilians by the police when the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, made his voice heard.

Brooklyn Grand Jury to Examine Akai Gurley Shooting Death

nytimes.com — The Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, said Friday he planned to impanel a grand jury to look into the death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed Brooklyn man killed last month by a police officer as the officer patrolled a public-housing unit.

Scarcella Again Defends His Methods on the Witness Stand

nytimes.com — For the second time since his tactics as a police detective came under scrutiny, Louis Scarcella took the witness stand to defend his role in a decades-old conviction. And as he did the last time, Mr. Scarcella faced down a courtroom with vigor.

Brooklyn Man Sentenced for Making False Reports to 911

nytimes.com — A man who was a familiar presence at the 94th Precinct Community Council was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail for making a number of 911 calls reporting fake emergencies in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The man, Louis Segna, told the police in one call that someone wearing brown boots, a black hat and a black leather jacket had threatened to stab him.

Brooklyn Girl at Center of Organ Donation Dispute Is Taken Off Life Support

Organs of Brain-Dead Brooklyn 2-Year-Old Will Not Be Donated

nytimes.com — The fight over the fate of a 2-year-old Brooklyn girl's organs ended on Tuesday, with the girl's father prevailing in his wishes to keep her body intact. Thaiya Spruill-Smith, the victim of an assault to which her stepfather has confessed, was declared brain-dead on Friday but had been kept on life support as her parents argued over whether her organs should be donated.

Brooklyn Girl, 2, Remains on Life Support After Court Delay

nytimes.com — A judge has ordered a Brooklyn hospital to keep a 2-year-old girl on life support for at least another day, as her parents argue over whether her organs should be donated. The girl, Thaiya Spruill-Smith, was declared brain-dead on Friday, her injuries apparently suffered as a result of her stepfather violently shaking her.

A Claim of Innocence Is No Longer a Roadblock to Parole

nytimes.com — BEACON, N.Y. - After 28 years in prison, Freddie Cox emerged from the Fishkill Correctional Facility, not quite a free man, but free enough. A sister had cued up Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" on her car's CD player, and, after hugs, Mr. Cox put his two small bags and his typewriter in the car and squeezed in alongside the others, heading away from prison, windows down.
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Dec 27, 2014

@bookaliciousmom awesome. Will you dm me your mailing address and I'll let St. Martin's know?

Dec 27, 2014

Had lovely holiday at my parents' in Seattle. Still, nice to be back in NY, where house thermostat is not permanently set at 61 degrees.

Dec 27, 2014

@pkhorn @StMartinsPress That is SO exciting. I can't believe the book has made it to Minnesota already!

Dec 27, 2014

@pkhorn @StMartinsPress Ooh, I am thrilled to hear it! Let me know what you think and thanks for reading!

Dec 20, 2014

@kalenski ugh. I'll bet she has a fierce cat glare, too. Credit for trying!

Dec 20, 2014

@kalenski I hear you. The good thing is cats don't seem to have much long-term memory...!

Dec 20, 2014

@kalenski have you tried bribing him with treats? Let him eat as you sneak meds in ear?

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