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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Governor Cuomo’s Groundbreaking New Law Expanding DNA Databank Goes Into Effect … Also Expanding Access To DNA Databank For Certain Defendants To Help Prove Their Innocence

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking law expanding New York State’s DNA Databank went into effect – requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample. This means that now, DNA samples will be collected from anyone in New York convicted of a Penal Law misdemeanor or a state felony, including felony DWI under the Vehicle and Traffic Law […]

When an Innocent Person is Framed: Finding the Truth, and Clearing a Name

By Rick Collins, Esq. We’ve all seen movies and television programs in which a totally innocent person is “set up” by the police or their agents and accused of a crime.  Drama ensues as the unjustly accused protagonist struggles to prove his or her innocence.  Often, the narrative takes liberties with legal principles and practices, […]

The New Designer Steroid Bill and YOU: Questions and Answers with Rick Collins

Q: What is the “2012 Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act Draft Bill”? A: It’s a Senate Bill (SB 3431) introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and referred to the Judiciary Committee.  If passed by Congress, it will amend the Controlled Substances Act to more aggressively regulate steroidal substances being sold as […]

Criminal Cases and the Media: Knowing When To Use – And When Not To Use – The Power of the Press

More and more criminal cases are getting intense media coverage these days. The first big media-driven case in which TV cameras appeared in the courtroom and America watched a criminal trial unfold before our eyes was the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. Since that trial, criminal cases have been covered by your conventional print […]


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