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January 2018 Archives

Cash bail can lead to inequitable outcomes

New Yorkers accused of crimes could be more likely to plead guilty despite the potential strength of their defense due to a system that tends to keep people who are poor or economically marginalized locked up for longer. The system of cash bail means that numerous people who are not convicted remain in jail prior to trial, and the desire to bring an end to pretrial detention can impel indigent defendants to accept plea bargains.

Lab technician and alleged drug supplier facing charges

On Jan. 19, it was reported that New York authorities took a York College lab technician and his alleged drug supplier into custody after the technician was accused of selling cocaine. According to authorities, the man was selling the drugs near both the college and a high school that is located on its campus. The lab technician was identified as a 52-year-old man while the alleged supplier was identified as a 47-year-old man.

Man sentenced to five years in prison

On Jan. 12, a 36-year-old man was sentenced to five years in a New York prison for his role in a text message scheme. The scheme worked by signing up customers for paid text messaging services without their knowledge. The charges had included wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and identity theft. The defendant was the former senior vice president of Mobile Messenger.

Man facing drug charges for possession of cocaine

A New York man was facing drug charges on Jan. 3 after authorities conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. The 30-year-old man was charged with four counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and five counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Most New Yorkers support legalization of recreational marijuana

Most New Yorkers want recreational marijuana to be legal. According to the NY Daily News, 62 percent of voters in New York support legalizing recreational cannabis for people who are 21 years old and older. There have been legislative efforts to legalize pot in New York over the past few years, but they have no traction yet.

New York man sentenced to 9 years on drugs conviction

For people in New York accused of serious drug crimes, significant prison sentences can be a very real consequence. In one case, a 21-year-old man from New York City was stopped in his vehicle and found to possess 2,195 bags of heroin. The man was sentenced in December 2017 to nine years in state prison, the maximum sentence associated with the charges against him.

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