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Reporter for The New York Times. I cover federal & state court in Brooklyn. sclifford@nytimes.com.

Grimm’s Trial Delayed Until February

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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.

Scarcella Takes the Stand to Defend His Actions in a 1991 Murder Case

nytimes.com — For the first time since his work in dozens of criminal prosecutions came under broad scrutiny, Louis Scarcella, the former New York City police detective, took to the witness stand on Wednesday to formally defend his actions in one such case. Mr. Scarcella has consistently denied any wrongdoing, saying he was proud of his work.

The Cost for Arab Bank Is a Complex Calculation

nytimes.com — With a landmark judgment on Monday declaring Arab Bank liable for knowingly supporting terrorism, the case now turns to another complicated calculation: the cost of that liability. The 297 plaintiffs in the case, all Americans, have not asked for a specific amount.

Arab Bank Liable for Supporting Terrorist Efforts, Jury Finds

nytimes.com — A federal jury on Monday found that Arab Bank was liable for knowingly supporting terrorist efforts that were connected to 24 attacks in the Middle East.

In Closing Arguments, Debating Arab Bank’s Responsibility to Identify Terrorists

nytimes.com — What should the role of a bank be when it is forced to operate in areas torn apart by terrorist attacks? That was a central theme Thursday during closing arguments in a landmark terrorism-financing trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, pitting victims of terrorist attacks in the Middle East against Arab Bank.
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Oct 21, 2014

Law enforcement's increasing focus on animal abuse: Natl Sheriffs Assoc releases app for recording animal-abuse acts: humanesociety.org/news/press_rel…

Oct 21, 2014

Michael Grimm trial just pushed from Dec. to Feb. Meanwhile, let's watch Daily Show on his hi-lar Congress race thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/3vgppm/…

Oct 21, 2014

On eve of trial, NY state agrees to settle lawsuit w/@NYCLU over lack of public defenders in 5 counties: bit.ly/ZDhVjy

Oct 21, 2014

Bureaucratic racism in Long Island as schools require baffling paperwork for immigrants. Kids can't go to school: nytimes.com/2014/10/22/nyr…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Nightline: JUST IN: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82, a family member tells @ABC News.

Oct 20, 2014

@BoobsRadley also Silvia Poggioli, because then you get to do "Seeeel-via Poggggioleeeh..."

Oct 20, 2014

Elderly judges of Brooklyn federal court have luck w/ ladies. 93-year-old married last year; 80-year-old this wknd. nydailynews.com/new-york/bk-ju…

Oct 20, 2014

My iPhone just began autocorrecting marijuana to marihuana, New York- state- penal-code style.

Oct 16, 2014

"The entire city is covered with bodies." Amazing video on the dangerous work of Liberian ambulance drivers. nytimes.com/video/world/af…

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