New York residents who provide assistance or encouragement to individuals or groups who go on to commit crimes sometimes face prosecution on aiding and abetting charges. Accomplices sometimes face penalties as severe as those faced by the individuals who actually committed the crimes in question, but prosecutors must establish certain elements in aiding and abetting cases. The most significant hurdle that prosecutors must clear in these situations is proving that the assistance or encouragement provided to the perpetrator was given knowingly and willingly by the accomplice.
A parent in New York who takes their child and does not have legal custody of that child might be charged with kidnapping. International parental kidnapping is also a crime under federal law. However, there are other forms of kidnapping as well.
There is a general consensus among those who routinely follow the actions of large corporations that white collar criminals are not prosecuted often enough in New York and the rest of the United States. A new book by a law professor, "Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America's Corporate Age," attempts to provide an explanation.
New York law enforcement authorities report that 12 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in a drug ring operating in Staten Island. They were taken into custody following the execution of search warrants on July 20. A 70-year-old woman was reportedly among those who were charged.