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Know Your Rights When You’re Under Arrest

In New York, the police take their duties very seriously — even when it comes to laughter. Long Island resident Robert Schiavelli was chuckling in his living room until police charged him with disturbing the peace. Allegedly, Robert Schiavelli’s laughter was audible from across the driveway. Oftentimes, a criminal arrest is just plain laughable, or… Read More »

NYC Man Convicted of Manslaughter After Third Trial

After a mistrial, a conviction and a successful appeal for a new trial, a New York man is behind bars for good. For nearly three decades, a fatal shooting left Atlantic City police puzzled. But in 2002, authorities finally located a suspect — New York City resident Brian Wilson. After a long and arduous courtroom… Read More »

Joseph Tacopina: “Don’t Blame the Jury” for Zimmerman’s Acquittal

The highly publicized trial of George Zimmerman captured the attention of people everywhere. The jury’s decision to acquit sparked outrage among those who believe that the death of Trayvon Martin was a direct result of racial bias.  When asked to comment on the case, New York attorney Joseph Tacopina said, “Based on the evidence at… Read More »

Film Shows Plight of Elderly Victims of Embezzlement

Deborah Louise Robinson’s documentary, ‘Last Will and Embezzlement,’ tells the stories of several seniors who were robbed of their life savings by criminals. The criminals insinuate themselves into the lives of their elderly victims, who are often made especially vulnerable because they are isolated or are suffering from the early symptoms of dementia, and slowly… Read More »

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Need Gun: Got Printer?

The control of guns is a big issue in New York and throughout the United States. With the disturbing upswing in senseless shootings and the approach of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, the next new gun manufacturer just may be in the garage next door as 3-D printing comes of age. … Read More »

The Flip of a Coin: Alternative Currencies

Deep Web, Bitcoin, Silk Road…together, what might these words mean?  Bitcoin is an open-source alternative currency that can often be used without revealing your identity. You can use Bitcoin in marketing enterprises in the Deep Web, a vast cyber world that underlies the area of the web cultivated and captured by conventional search engines.  And… Read More »

The Problem of Prescription Drugs in New York

As aggressive criminal defense attorneys in New York City, we provide strategic representation to physicians and others facing serious drug charges. With the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) program, New York hopes to grapple with the problem of addicts and doctor shoppers and reduce the flow of illicit prescription drug use.  In October… Read More »

Jury Decides against Wrongful Death Verdict in Jackson Case

I talked earlier about the deposition of the children of Michael Jackson as part of the wrongful death action brought by their maternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson after the death of her son, pop star Michael Jackson.  In early October, a California jury ruled against Mrs. Jackson and the children of Mr. Jackson. While the jury… Read More »

Justice Department: What about Those Wiretaps?

In July, the Justice Department acknowledged that terrorist suspects must be notified if government surveillance programs produced evidence being used against them. The statement relates to Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, brothers accused in a terrorism plot.  Later, the government stated it did not intend to introduce evidence against the two suspects that was… Read More »