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4:40 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Skakel released from prison after more than 11 years

Defense attorney Hubert Santos and Michael Skakel (right) stand at the podium as Santos makes a short statement following his client's release from custody outside the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford Thursday.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel walked out of the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford Thursday after posting a $1.2 million bail. A judge granted bail after his 2002 murder conviction was thrown out. WSHU’s Kaomi Goetz attended the hearing and has more.

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The MTA payroll tax lives on
8:23 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

MTA tax upheld. For now.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
Credit AP

The tax, much reviled on Long Island, has been subsidizing the regional transit network by taking 34 cents for every $100 dollars businesses and governments pay in salaries.  On Thursday New York's top court dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the tax was unconstitutional, but the story isn't over yet.  

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Mandatory retirement called outdated
9:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Referendum aims for more (and older) judges

Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti has long sought more judges. She says extending a judge's retirement age is a half step in that direction.
Credit AP

On New York's ballot next month will be six referendums to change the state constitution.  The most talked about proposition asks voters if they want Las Vegas-style gambling.  Several propositions delve into the minutia of government operations: giving war veterans additional access to government employment, helping local governments borrow money for sewer construction, and also allowing the state to make some land trades.  The last referendum asks voters when judges should be forced to retire.

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Legal counsel for the poor
10:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Courts make case for more civil legal aid

Testimony at NY appellate court hearing on expanding civil legal aid to the poor
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top judge is holding hearings this week on the benefit of providing civil legal services to the poor.  A US Supreme Court case guaranteed legal counsel to people accused of crimes, but that same right is not given to people going through civil court.  New York courts are trying to change that.  

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Mandating charity meets resistance
7:59 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Rules boosting pro bono work postponed

NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman
Credit AP

New York's chief judge is postponing the implementation of new rules designed to boost the amount of pro bono work lawyers do in the state. 

This comes amidst an outcry from the state's bar association that the new rules are an invasion of privacy.

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