CAL in The courts

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CAL win frees client from SORA registration

In People v. RC, the Appellate Division, First Department, agreed with CAL that client RC could not be required to register as a sex offender because his convictions for third-degree burglary and attempted second-degree burglary as sexually motivated felonies were not registerable offenses under SORA. The Court reached this issue in the interest of justice. Bryan Furst represented RC on appeal.

AD1 substantially reduces sentence, originally 13-26 years, to 3-6 years

BJ was convicted of 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to an aggregate term of 13-26 years. Considering the nature of the offenses and the Manhattan District Attorney’s consent to a reduction, the Appellate Division reduced BJ’s sentence to a concurrent minimum term, making BJ eligible for immediate release. Carola Beeney and Allison Kahl represented BJ on appeal.

New York Supreme Court vacates CAL client's convictions, including controlled-substance sale and possession offenses, and dismisses the indictment for Brady violations

Prior to RH’s trial, the New York City Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) failed to disclose more than 15 civil lawsuits filed against the officers involved in RH’s arrest, and 15 substantiated findings of misconduct. CAL filed a C.P.L. § 440.10 motion, arguing that SNP’s failure to disclose these impeachment materials violated the prosecution’s constitutional obligations under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). SNP eventually conceded that it was aware of 11 of the civil lawsuits, but failed to provide this information to the defense. Accordingly, SNP withdrew its opposition to RH’s C.P.L. § 440.10(1)(h) motion and recommended that the court dismiss the indictment. On December 6, 2022, Justice Ruth Pickholz vacated RH’s convictions and dismissed the indictment. Beth Caldwell represented RH on appeal.