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Monthly Archives: January 2012

As seen in the NY Law Journal: Richard Collins explains to state bar delegates the recommendation to authorize sealing of some criminal records.

Delegates Back Proposal to Seal Criminal Records By Joel Stashenko Defendants who are convicted of non-violent crimes but avoid future wrongdoing would get a fresh start under a proposal backed by the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. The bar group’s policy-making body on Jan. 27 overwhelmingly approved a resolution supporting passage of […]

Rick Collins Quoted in the NY Times

Proposal to Cut Some Felonies From Records By RUSS BUETTNER, NY TIMES The New York State Bar Association is proposing a change to state law that would allow more types of criminal records to be sealed, saying the shift would give offenders who stay out of trouble a better chance to rebuild their lives. The […]

Videos In The Courtroom: The Use of Emotional Video Montages on the Rise in Criminal Cases … But Are They Fair?

As reported in a recent Newsday story, the use of a video photo montage (an emotional video providing a glimpse into the life of a deceased victim) is becoming more common in criminal courtrooms across the country, including criminal courts here on Long Island.  These powerful videos — played during sentencing hearings as part of […]

Too Many Laws…And The Overcriminalization Of America

In 2010, hearings were held in Washington titled “Reining in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems, Proposing Solutions” (the full text of the testimony of the September 28, 2010 hearing is available at https://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_100928.html). A criminal defense lawyer testified that “no one, including the government, can state how many criminal offenses exist in the federal code or […]

How Common are Marijuana Arrests?

When most people think of the War on Drugs, they think of Mexican or Columbian narcotics cartels and big-time cocaine and heroin investigations.  But statistics show that a surprising proportion of drug arrests are for simple marijuana.  And the proportion is rising. According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports on Drug War Facts tables, marijuana arrests […]

Marc Gann “Biggest Stories on Long Island of 2011″: TV55, News at 11

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