Judge Denies Applying Court of Appeals Ruling That Harassment Statute Is Unconstitutionally Vague To Old Case; Legal Aid Will Appeal
August 28, 2014

A recent New York Court of Appeals ruling deemed a harassment statute unconstitutionally vague, but Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Steven Statsinger refused to apply the holding retroactively in the case of Larkin Ellis, a Legal Aid client.

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New Accelerated Court Process Working Seamlessly; Next Challenge Is To Provide Lawyer For Every Child Who Needs It, Says Jojo Annobil
August 15, 2014

New Accelerated Court Process Working Seamlessly; Next Challenge Is To Provide Lawyer For Every Child Who Needs It, Says Jojo Annobil The new accelerated Immigration Court process for unaccompanied immigrant children that began this week is working, said Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit. The next challenge, he told the New York Times, is to figure out how to provide a lawyer for every child who needs it.

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New York Times Chronicles Growth of Violence at Rikers And Cites The Litigation Brought By Legal Aid In An Attempt To Stem The Violence
August 14, 2014

The New York Times, in a number of articles, has been reporting about the increased violence at Rikers Island and has pointed to the guards at the heart of the problem. In yesterday's Times, the article cited the lawsuits brought by the Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society and quoted Jonathan Chasan, a Supervising Attorney in the project, and Mary Lynne Werlwas, a Staff Attorney. Chasan told the Times that one of the more successful suits led to the stationing of federal monitors to oversee the solitary-confinement cellblocks in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the supervision of staffing decisions. “If someone had a history of violence, they were turned away,” Chasan said. “The result was a dramatic decrease of abuse.”

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On Staten Island's North Shore, You Get Stopped, You Get Frisked, You Get Arrested, You Get Processed
August 13, 2014

On Staten Island's North Shore, You Get Stopped, You Get Frisked, You Get Arrested, You Get Processed NPR produced a segment last week on community reaction to policing on Staten Island's North Shore, Christopher Pisciotta, Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Criminal Practice Office in Staten Island, said that the broken windows approach focusing on low-level offenses to prevent bigger ones has created resentment.

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Thou Shalt Not Ration Justice
August 12, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Ration Justice During The Legal Aid Society's 75th anniversary celebration (1951), the Honorable Learned Hand, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, declared: "If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice."

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