Crowley Influence In Courts Raises Conflict of Interest Questions

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On its face, Rose McGushin’s case seems unremarkable. A 49-year-old woman who lives on a $13,000-a-year disability check in California, McGushin is wrangling with a Queens attorney over a disputed legal fee she says will cripple her financially. The attorney who is suing her, John “Sean” Crowley, recently filed litigation seeking $10,000 for work he performed on McGushin’s mother’s will nearly a decade ago. Crowley is the brother of Queens Congressman Joe Crowley. And what makes the case unusual is… [More]

Race Lurks Below Surface In Haggerty Trial

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Other News, Trials/Hearings

Twice yesterday in the trial of former campaign aide John Haggerty, his lawyer asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg to read the names at the top of old campaign memos – but not from the memos themselves. It was a curious arrangement. The contents were not entered into the record, so the documents were not entered into evidence. They simply seemed to confirm that pollster Douglas Schoen wrote to deputy mayors Kevin Sheekey and Patti Harris. Yet one hint came later yesterday… [More]

Haggerty Trial Begins With Focus On Bloomberg

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Longtime political consultant John Haggerty is supposed to be the one on trial in a Manhattan courtroom, but in the first full day of proceedings yesterday, his lawyers appealed to jurors to pass judgment on Mayor Michael Bloomberg instead. “This case is about winning at all costs,” Haggerty’s lawyer Raymond Castello said in his opening statement. “That’s what Michael Bloomberg is all about.” Castello’s hour-long statement tried to make that case: He reminded jurors that Bloomberg overturned New York City’s… [More]

Family Matters

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When Brooklyn Assembly-man William Boyland Jr. got indicted, he was an afterthought. Marched into the federal building in lower Manhattan, he got a fraction of the attention his colleague Sen. Carl Kruger did. Charged with bribery for a $177,368 no-show consulting job at a Brooklyn hospital, Boyland was undistinguished even in disgrace. Boyland, who could face up to 25 years in prison, pleaded not guilty and has remained defiant—but others in his section of Brooklyn sense weakness, and see the… [More]

Family Court Continues Struggle with Caseload

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Understaffed and overwhelmed, New York family courts need more judges to handle a recent spike in caseloads, according to the state's top judge and several city officials.

“We are desperately short of judicial resources," said New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye in her February State of the Judiciary speech. “Aside from the pressures and demands of the stressful cases brought to Family Court, the volume of filings continues to soar."

Though three State Supreme...… [More]