New York residents who have interest in the Obama administration's continued effort to reduce the effect of antiquated sentencing laws may want to know that the President has commuted more than 1,000 sentences as of Nov. 22, 2016. In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. Justice Department has indicated that it will continue to recommend such action until Mr. Obama leaves office in early 2017.
The use of drugs and alcohol is one of the most talked about issues in society. The topics are constantly in the news as debates rage over medical marijuana and legalizing other drugs. While drug addiction can be disruptive and destructive to every area of the addict's life, few realize that there may be a deeper underlying issue. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that illicit drugs costs may hit $11 billion, drug addiction is an issue that affects every member of society.
A financier who was convicted on charges relating to fraud was sentenced to four years in prison by a New York federal judge on Nov. 4. According to court records, the man defrauded a number of individuals, including the parents of a 9/11 victim, of more than $38 million.
New York pro football fans might be interested in learning that Greg Hardy, the former Dallas Cowboy and free agent who was taken into custody in Texas on Sept. 26 has been indicted on a felony possession of cocaine charge. Hardy, who was a Pro Bowler in 2013, was pulled over by law enforcement officers in a suburb of Dallas.
New Yorkers might have heard that some roadside preliminary drug tests are not always accurate. In October, a Florida man filed a lawsuit against the city of Orlando and Safariland, a drug-test manufacturing company, after he was arrested for methamphetamines because of doughnut glaze found in his car.