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Committee: Criminal Courts

Testimony before the NYC Council on Examining the Operations of New York City’s Summons Courts (December 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Summons Parts

Testimony before the New York City Council Immigration Committee in support of legislation (Int. 0486-2014 and Int. 0487-2014) to further limit the constitutional violations arising from current detainer practices between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Correction and the New York Police Department (October 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Due Process Rights of Immigrant Defendants in People v. Peque (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Non-citizen Defendants

Report on A.6799/S.4483 which would require judges to consider public safety as a factor in setting bail (July 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Bail, Public Safety as a Factor

Letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee opposing provisions of the SAFE Act that would restrict local efforts to limit the impact of immigration detainers on criminal justice resources (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Proposed amendment to § 8-b of the Court of Claims Act (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act

Report on the NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Recommendations to Enhance Criminal Procedure Law § 440.10(1)(i), Regarding the Vacatur of Prostitution and Trafficking-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sex Trafficking

Report on A.4582-B/S.4664-A which would amend the penal law to change mandatory terms of probation to discretionary terms and eliminate the requirement of pre-sentence investigations in limited circumstances (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Probation Sentences

Report on A.4591-A/S.3138-A which would require the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to consult a “validated risk instrument” when making its recommendation to courts regarding the appropriate risk level of a sex offender (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sex Offenders

Report on A.4582/S.2100 which would amend the penal law to change mandatory terms of probation to discretionary terms and to authorize the court to increase the term of probation to the maximum in the event of a violation (Reissued February 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Probation Sentences

Letter to the New York City Council regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989 which would change the current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer policy in New York City by limiting the Department of Correction’s and New York Police Department’s collaboration with ICE (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Report on A.9010/S.3645-C “Brittany’s Law” which would create a registry for all violent felony offenders in New York State (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Violent Felony Offenders

Report on the codification of claims of ineffective assistance of counsel on appeal (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Report in support of amending CPL §440 to provide for actual innocence claims (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Actual Innocence Act

Testimony before the New York City Council Immigration Committee on Int. 656-2011, which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Report on Int. 656-2011 which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Report recommending the adoption of a law or court rule requiring prosecutors to provide a written checklist ("Brady checklist") to defense counsel that details information disclosed pursuant to Brady v. Maryland (August 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prosecutorial Disclosure

Padilla v. Kentucky: The New York City Criminal Court System, One Year Later (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Report regarding S.4472 which would codify claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel (May 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Letter to the Office of Court Administration regarding a proposal to amend the Criminal Procedure Law to codify claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Proposal to expand the permissable forms of bail payment to include credit cards (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Bail Payment

Amending Criminal Procedure Law Section 440 - Claim of Actual Innocence (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Actual Innocence Claims

Proposal to Limit Collaboration Between New York City Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Report on A.2442/S.42 which would allow ineffective assistance of counsel claims via post-conviction motions (Reissued April 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Report on the Merger of the Bronx Supreme and Criminal Courts (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Court Restructuring

The Assignment of Judges In the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court in New York County
Subject area: Judicial Administration