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LAS Statement in Response to Derek Chauvin Verdict

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on all charges related to the death of George Floyd, as reported by CBS 2 New York.
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LAS Shares Crucial #KnowYourRights Information for Protesters

Ahead of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, The Legal Aid Society is providing guidance for New Yorkers who may choose to protest, as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle.
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LAS Calls for Systemic Change to Address Racial Biases in NYC Courts

The call comes in response to reporting that racial slurs were used during a virtual proceeding in Family Court, as reported by Gothamist.
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NYPD Officer Who Used Illegal Chokehold Forced to Retire

Detective Fabio Nunez, who employed an illegal chokehold and a taser without provocation, was found guilty by the NYPD and forced into retirement, reports the New York Daily News.
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Op-Ed: After Cannabis Legalization, NY Needs an Automatic Expungement Law

The Legal Aid Society's Emma Goodman urged lawmakers to expand automatic expungement and eliminate residual criminal records in an opinion piece for City Limits.
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Advocates Decry Racist Comments Made by White NYC Family Court Clerk

Defender organizations across New York say the incident is indicative of the pervasive racism in the court system, reports the New York Law Journal.
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LAS in the News 04.16.21

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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Incarcerated New Yorkers Need Greater Voting Access Immediately

Defenders, advocates, and elected officials demand a secure voting process in New York's local jails, reports AMNY.
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LAS Urges New York to Expand Public Access to Virtual Court Hearings

Struggling tenants left hanging without a reliable connection while eviction cases make their way through court, reports The City.
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Capital One and Consumer Law Project Partner to Support NYC Consumers

The support will fund the development of a manual for New Yorkers to use in navigating the small claims court system.
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