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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Posted: February 26, 2020

Judge Garaufis Updates Individual Rules (Description of Changes Below)

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has updated his Individual Rules. As a service to practitioners that are already familiar with the Judge’s rules, below are the changes of note. ♦ Only counsel of record familiar with the case may appear (no per diem counsel permitted). (Rule III.) ♦ Sentencing... Read more »

Posted: February 20, 2020

Judge Johnson Dismisses Indictment Against Incompetent Defendant After Rejecting Government’s Request To Involuntarily Medicate Defendant

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner In a short but emphatic ruling, Judge Sterling Johnson put an end to a criminal case against an incompetent defendant after rejecting the government’s request to forcibly medicate defendant to restore his competency. United States v. Kendall, 18 CR 532 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 11, 2020) (SJ). Defendant was apprehended... Read more »

Posted: February 18, 2020

Judge Vitaliano Holds that NY Penal Law § 150.05 (Fourth-Degree Arson) Is Not Prior “Crime of Violence” for Purposes of Sentencing Guidelines Calculation

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner In a ruling involving a “very close question” of first impression in this District, Judge Vitaliano held that the recklessness standard applicable to fourth-degree arson in New York was not sufficiently “purposeful” to qualify as a prior “crime of violence” under the “career offender” provisions of the sentencing... Read more »