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Cyber-Bullying: It’s Time to Step Up to Stop the Growing Epidemic

Last month, a freshman from Rutgers University leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge.  Tyler Clementi was 18 years old, a gifted musician and blessed with a loving family.  He was also a profoundly private person.  Just days before his death, his roommate, Dharun Ravi, secretly filmed Tyler having a romantic encounter with […]

Inadvertant Possession of Child Pornography

In our age of technological advancement, the Internet has become a driving force behind the widespread dissemination of child pornography.  In particular, Peer-to-peer networks (such as Limewire)—a platform for sharing digitally formatted files—have come under scrutiny for unintentionally providing a medium for the illegal distribution of child porn. There are times where the justice system […]

Chipping Away at Miranda

On June 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an opinion that took aim at the landmark case, Miranda v. Arizona. In 1966, the Miranda decision came down in response to coercive police interrogations and “profoundly affirmed the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, providing a clear marker that has served well suspects and law enforcement.” (See […]

Thoughts on the Drug War

Last month, the Associated Press (AP) dropped the bombshell that the “War on Drugs” has cost the United States one trillion dollars.  That’s right: a trillion dollars.  It’s been being fought for four decades and now is verging on the most expensive and longest running war in U.S. history.  And there’s a growing sense that […]

Consumer Reports Finds Protein Drinks “Dangerous”?

Collins McDonald & Gann practices extensively within the dietary supplement industry.  Our attention was drawn when the July 2010 issue of Consumer Reports (CR) magazine investigated protein drinks with not very flattering findings: … [O]ur investigation, including tests at an outside laboratory of 15 protein drinks, a review of government documents, and interviews with health […]

Marc Gann, New President of the Nassau County Bar Association

Collins, McDonald and Gann partner Marc Gann has been installed as the 108th president of the Nassau County Bar Association.  Among the local media to cover the change in NCBA administration is the Long Island Business News, running the story “Gann named Nassau bar president.”  Congrats, Marc!

Opiate Drug Use Not just a Teenage Problem

Nassau and Suffolk County have undertaken a new initiative to fight teenage heroin use by targeting enforcement on the Queens and Brooklyn borders in an effort to keep heroin out of Long Island.  The drug problem is bigger than that, however, as a recent arrest in Nassau County highlights.  Pharmacist Robert Ciskanik was arrested for […]

Sometimes We Forget the Presumption of Innocence

The recent case of “rape” at Hofstra University highlights the foundational principle of our criminal justice system – the presumption of innocence. The police, press and public were quick to vilify a number of individuals who were accused of a brutal and premeditated gang rape of a Hofstra coed. There were arrested, arraigned and held […]

Unexpected Consequences of a DWI

The horrific accident on the Taconic Parkway involving the Schuler family and the Bastardi family that took the lives of the 8 people should be a lesson to all of us. Ignoring the warning signs of the trouble will lead to tragic consequences and potential criminal culpability. If it can be shown that someone provided […]

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