Crime and Justice

Ryan Delaney

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.    

Mary Wilson / WITF

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.

Karen DeWitt / Capitol Bureau Chief

A New York comedian, who is also an activist on prison rights issues, is drawing attention to the state’s practice of investing a small amount of its pension fund in the private prison industry.

The leader of Western New York’s largest insurer spoke to WXXI about the recent cyber-attack. Chris Booth, CEO of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, spoke to business leaders about continued changes in the health care industry in Rochester Tuesday morning.

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Joyce Mitchell got the maximum range of two and a third to seven years behind bars.

There was both relief and anger in the Clinton County courtroom in Plattsburgh on Monday, when Mitchell was formally sentenced.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

Victims of past sexual abuse by Catholic priests in central New York are calling for justice as Pope Francis makes his visit to America. But the victims are limited in what they can do by New York State law.