A warrant forgiveness program sponsored by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Legal Aid Society on Saturday attracted about 460 New Yorkers with outstanding summonses for nonviolent offenses
Manhattan attorney Joseph Belluck has been elected as the new chairman of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates allegations of misconduct against state and local judges in New York and recommends sanctions up to removal from office.
Stephen Bergstein writes: A recent decision from the Second Circuit finds that a Long Island village violated the Fair Housing Act in rezoning property to make it more difficult to build multifamily housing. This decision reaffirms that intentional discrimination cases are often proven with subtle and circumstantial evidence; municipalities can be liable for the racist views of their constituents; and the Court of Appeals is loath to second-guess factual findings reached by the trial courts.
In his Construction Accident Litigation column, Brian J. Shoot discusses recent cases illustrating issues on which courts continue to disagree: availability of a "sole proximate cause" defense when defendants claim injured workers were provided alternative means of performing the elevated work, the burden of proof in a fall from an unsecured but non-defective ladder, and whether a plaintiff's deliberate use of an closed A-frame ladder is the "sole proximate cause" of an accident or mere comparative negligence.