In a historic decision that might just signal how the law is catching up with modern technology, a California judge ruled that the government does not have the right to force individuals to open their phones using their biometrics. Citizens of New York will be glad to...
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Do New York misdemeanor charges add to inequality?
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jan 15, 2019 | Criminal Defense
Although the term "misdemeanor" applies to minor offenses, these charges play a considerable role in the U.S. criminal justice system. According to one expert, misdemeanor allegations and the sentences that often come with them only worsen the inequalities in American...
Wrongful convictions remain a serious concern
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jan 10, 2019 | Criminal Defense
A wrongful criminal conviction may be the worst nightmare for many defendants in New York. Still, innocent people are convicted on a regular basis. In fact, one study estimates that 6 percent of cases may end with wrongful convictions. Some of these miscarriages of...
The contents of the First Step Act
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Nov 27, 2018 | Criminal Defense
For those who have been charged with crimes or are currently in federal prison, the First Step Act could make their lives easier. Individuals who have homes or family members in New York would be required to be incarcerated within 500 miles of those homes or loved...
Black defendants at risk for racial bias during court proceedings
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jul 25, 2018 | Criminal Defense
New York residents may be interested to learn that white as well as black bail judges often show bias toward black defendants. This is according to a recent study that was conducted in the Miami and Philadelphia areas. The authors of the study said that the evidence...
DNA evidence prompts revision of lineup procedures
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jul 18, 2018 | Criminal Defense
Police officers in New York and around the country have long relied on lineups to provide prosecutors with evidence linking suspects to the crimes they are accused of committing, but a growing number of cases involving individuals who were wrongly incarcerated for...
Court ruling an update to the Fourth Amendment
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jul 11, 2018 | Criminal Defense
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Carpenter v United States, and the ruling has major implications for privacy rights in New York and elsewhere. The court determined that authorities needed a warrant to access the man's cell site location information (CSLI)....
Prosecutors charging overdose bystanders with homicide offenses
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jul 3, 2018 | Criminal Defense
The opioid epidemic has led to the loss of many lives in New York and in the rest of the nation. As the number of overdose deaths has increased, police and prosecutors have started charging some of the bystanders of overdoses with crimes. According to NPR, prosecutors...
Misidentification often leads to wrongful convictions
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | Jun 15, 2018 | Criminal Defense
New York residents would never want someone to be convicted of a crime he or she didn't commit. Unfortunately, some experts say it happens much more than it should. Witness misidentification is one of the most common causes of wrongful conviction. According to...
Up to 6 percent of prisoners could be innocent
On Behalf of Law Offices of Samuel Gregory, P.C. | May 21, 2018 | Criminal Defense
Being convicted for a crime one didn't commit is a nightmare scenario most New Yorkers wouldn't care to contemplate. However, that nightmare could be a reality for up to 6 percent of prisoners nationwide according to a new study. The study was published in the Journal...
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