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NY Lawmakers Decriminalize Marijuana

By Linda Kenney Baden |

With the passing of a new decriminalization measure, New York went from having one of the strictest marijuana laws in the country to one of the most lenient ones. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law which reduces the penalty for possessing less than one ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine. The fine moves… Read More »

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Your Right to Privacy and How the Robert Kraft Prostitution Case Protected It

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Recently I wrote an Op-ed for LawandCrime.com titled: More People Should Be Outraged By What Police Did to Catch Robert Kraft I am a host on the Law and Crime Network where we covered the Robert Kraft suppression hearing. Since I wrote this piece the court suppressed the video of a “certain type of… Read More »

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Discovery in New York Criminal Cases

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Justice is Blind not Blindfolded. We are all familiar with the image of Lady Justice holding the scales of justice. Blind Lady Justice is supposed to represent impartiality.  Well, there was a movement in New York State to #RemovetheBlindfold as it was not representing impartiality, but just the opposite in the state criminal justice… Read More »

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Jussie Smollett Got Pretrial Diversion. Can You Get It Too?

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Since the ongoing Jussie Smollett saga has moved to the court of public opinion, now is a good time to look at what happened to his criminal charges. In January 2019, Smollett, who is a TV actor, claimed that two white men used homophobic and racial slurs as they physically assaulted him. After they… Read More »

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Panera and the Satiric ‘Criminal Investigation’ Over Bagel-Slicing Techniques

By Linda Kenney Baden |

The word is satiric with a small s- not Satanic with a capital S. But with the recent controversy about bagel slicing of Panera’s bagels, the word Satanic was close to being used in the very public fray. New Yorkers take their bagels very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that according to Brooklyn Democrat… Read More »

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New York’s Highest Court Changes Deportation Rules

By Linda Kenney Baden |

The relationship between deportation and criminal law has always been rather difficult to define. But People v. Suazo provided some additional clarity. Saylor Suazo was an undocumented immigrant in New York. In 2012, prosecutors charged him with various domestic assault counts. All these alleged crimes were Class A misdemeanors. Just before trial, the prosecutor… Read More »

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Police Scuffle Ends With Child Endangerment Charges

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Video posted to social media shows NYPD officers separating a Brooklyn mother from her 1-year-old child after an altercation at a food stamp office. According to witnesses, 23-year-old Jazmine Headley had been sitting on the office floor for about two hours due to a lack of chairs. When a security guard told her to… Read More »

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‘Nails’ Update: Dykstra Rejects Deal; Pleads Not Guilty

By Linda Kenney Baden |

The troubled former Met is back in trouble again, this time after allegedly threatening an Uber driver and possessing illegal narcotics. Police in New Jersey arrested Dykstra earlier in 2018 after an Uber driver made the above accusations. Police did not recover a weapon, but they did find narcotics in the car’s back seat…. Read More »

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Giants QB Asks For Pretrial Diversion

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Kyle Lauletta wants to enter a program which, if completed, will leave him with no criminal record. The same option may be available to ordinary criminal law defendants in New York as well. You do not have to be a professional athlete. In October, the young man made an illegal turn and ignored officers’… Read More »

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Trial Advocacy Workshop of Harvard Law School

By Linda Kenney Baden |

Linda Kenney Baden, Esq. has been invited and accepted to again be a member of the faculty of the Trial Advocacy Workshop of Harvard Law School from Monday, January 7 to Friday January 11, 2019. The Trial Advocacy Workshop (TAW) “is an intensive course in trial analysis, skills, and techniques….” Linda will be giving… Read More »

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