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In Senator’s Case, Defining ‘Embezzlement’

nytimes.com — 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

nytimes.com — 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

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.
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Oct 24, 2014

"By afternoon, Secret Service apparently realized the PR windfall that had come their way" w/K-9s: nytimes.com/2014/10/24/us/… @MichaelSSchmidt

Oct 24, 2014

NYC, from Ebola doc profile: "Everyone who lives here works such weird hours, we’re all ships passing in the night.” nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyr…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @ryantate: @stephcliff so besides influenza, bedbugs, common cold, TB, back pain, crushing depression, flasher PTSD and ennui the subway is healthful

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