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Legal News
30 Nov 2011
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] A judge for the New York Supreme Court for Livingston County [official website] has ruled [order, PDF] that a constitutional challenge to the state law legalizing same-sex marriage may proceed. Judge Robert Wiggins refused to dismiss the lawsuit [JURIST report] filed in July by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and Torah Jews for Decency (TJD) [advocacy websites] filed a complaint [text, PDF] on Monday challenging the Marriage Equality Act [A8354-2011 materials], which allows same-sex couples to marry in the state. The plaintiffs argue, among other claims, that the law was enacted in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) [official website] on Friday signed legislation [A8354-2011 materials] allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The New York State Senate [official website] had passed the Marriage Equality Act 33-29 earlier that day following weeks of negotiations. The act eliminates any legal distinctions … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly [official website] passed a bill [A08354 text, materials] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, but the fate of the bill is uncertain as it moves to the State Senate [official website]. The Assembly passed [press release] the Marriage Equality Act, drafted by … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that Governor David Paterson [official website] has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, effectively making Richard Ravitch [NYT profile] the state's lieutenant governor. In a 4-3 decision, the court rejected the argument that Paterson had improperly … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court ruled [opinion text] Thursday that Governor David Paterson [official website] acted beyond the scope of his constitutional authority when he appointed Richard Ravitch lieutenant governor. The Second Judicial Department Appellate Division affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked Ravitch's appointment. The court found:In … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Cuomo v. Clearing House Association [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the National Bank Act (NBA) [12 USC § 484(a) text] and 12 CFR § 7.4000 [text] do not prevent a state from … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly [official website] on Tuesday passed a bill [text; materials] that would allow same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] to be performed in the state. The legislation, which was introduced last month [press release; JURIST report] by New York Governor David Paterson [official profile], passed by … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A divison of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed [decision] remaining charges against former New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) [official website] CEO Richard Grasso [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. Former NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer had brought six charges against Grasso over his controversial $187.5 million compensation … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The resignation [statement text] of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer [JURIST news archive] Wednesday following disclosure of his involvement with a prostitution ring subject to a federal wiretap [criminal complaint, PDF] has interrupted and potentially compromised a series of law reform initiatives championed by the former state attorney general. … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court on Friday unanimously ruled [PDF text] that the state must legally recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages [NYCLU press release]. Patricia Martinez filed the lawsuit [case backgrounder] in Rochester, NY against her employer Monroe Community College (MCC) [acadmic website] after it denied her request … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly [official website] Tuesday passed a bill [A08590 bill information] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] following three hours of often emotional debate. The bill was proposed [press release; JURIST report] in April by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer [official website], and was sponsored … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Former FBI Director William S. Sessions [official profile] Wednesday applauded recent efforts to extend DNA testing, especially for the benefit of prisoners facing the death penalty. In a JURIST op-ed, Sessions said that a proposal by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) [official website; JURIST news archive] to expand … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 May 2007

JURIST Special Guest Columnist and former FBI Director William S. Sessions says that Governor Eliot Spitzer's recent proposal to expand the New York DNA database and an Ohio Supreme Court ruling liberalizing DNA testing for inmates should be welcomed as necessary and overdue efforts to protect public safety while pursuing … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] voted Wednesday to approve [press release] new interpretive guidelines for Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [PDF text; SEC materials], relaxing previous guidelines which critics have called inflexible, burdensome, and wasteful. Section 404 requires public companies to continually … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) [official website] and State Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo announced [press release] Wednesday that Silverstein Properties [corporate website], which owns a 99-year lease of the World Trade Center [JURIST news archive] site, has settled all outstanding insurance claims with seven insurance companies at … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Judge Thomas E. Connolly of the Massachusetts Suffolk County Superior Court has ruled [judgment, PDF] that the marriages of more than 170 same-sex couples from New York who married in Massachusetts before the New York Court of Appeals upheld a ban on New York same-sex marriage [JURIST report] on … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in the case [SC 17716 docket] of eight gay couples who are unhappy with Connecticut's civil unions law and are seeking full marriage rights. Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) [advocacy website] attorney Bennett Klein, representing the couples, … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski [official website] signed two gay rights bills into law [press release] Wednesday, establishing civil unions for gay couples and enacting anti-discrimination measures. House Bill 2007 [text] allows same-sex couples to enter into contractual domestic partnerships with the same state benefits as married couples. The measure … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A New York appeals court Tuesday dismissed [text] four of six claims against former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], finding they were not within the New York attorney general's authority to bring. Grasso was forced out of the stock exchange in 2003 … [read more]

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