Crime and Justice

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City of Ithaca police officers started wearing body cameras this week. Officers don’t have to wear the cameras if they’re getting training or doing an investigation but they do have to wear them when they’re enforcing the law.

A record-setting $15.8 million has been spent on the state Supreme Court race, which indicates just how much is at stake here. Education funding, gun control, abortion, state redistricting (can you say Red or Blue?), and in our neck of the woods, the new court may also grapple with the Robinson Township decision, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that struck down parts of the state’s oil and gas law Act 13.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and seven district attorneys announced a new agreement on handling of sexual abuse cases Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding requires the diocese to report all abuse claims directly to the appropriate DA, whether they involve current or former clergy. Onondaga District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick introduced the agreement.

“There is no potential offender who is presenting any danger to any child in central New York,” he said.

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The state Senate has named the members of a special committee tasked with investigating how the attorney general's suspended law license affects her ability to do her job. The chairman says the panel will report its findings in 30 days -- a first step toward considering A-G Kathleen Kane's removal from office.

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Due to a climate of corruption and ongoing investigations by his office, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he’ll stay out of politics for now. Schneiderman said he will not endorse or appear with any candidates any more, as statewide office holders sometimes do.

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The surviving brother in the brutal church beating in New Hartford made his first appearance in court yesterday. In a barely audio voice, 17-year-old Christopher Leonard testified he and his brother were beaten by family members and others members of the Word of Life Church. Lucas Leonard, who was 19, died from his injuries.

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The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) wants to appeal a federal court ruling upholding the state's controversial gun law, the SAFE Act. But, there were parts of the law the court found unconstitutional and NYSRPA is claiming it as a small victory.

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With the current chief justice approaching mandatory retirement age, New York will soon have a new top judge.  Westchester District Attorney and Cuomo ally Janet DiFiore is on the list as a potential replacement.    

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The state Supreme Court is conducting its second review in as many years of potentially inappropriate e-mails exchanged by one of its sitting justices, Michael Eakin. In a written statement released Monday, the state's high court said the follow-up investigation is necessary because Attorney General Kathleen Kane didn't fork over all pertinent messages during a review last year.

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City, County, and Court officials announced a new court to try gun crimes. The new Gun Crimes Part intends to create a more efficient and consistent approach. New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran will oversee the court. He will have jurisdiction over cases where the highest count is second or third degree criminal possession of a weapon.