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NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. The […]

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A gay man’s attempt to hold Grindr responsible for his arrest and prosecution for sex with a minor was cut short on March 13 when a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that an “interactive computer service” provider enjoys statutory immunity from liability for harm resulting from content third parties post […]

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. “Over the past 18 months, my office has exhaustively investigated this case with the objective of making sure that justice is […]

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reversing the conviction of an HIV-positive serviceman on charges of aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected oral and vaginal sex with women during swingers’ parties, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled unanimously on February 23 that the statistical likelihood of transmitting HIV under such circumstances would […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

BY ANDY HUMM | The transgender housing unit on New York City’s Rikers Island, announced as opening imminently in mid-November as one of a raft of reforms to reduce violence at the troubled jail, has only just accepted inmates now. And Gay City News has spoken to two transgender prisoners who say that in the interim, […]

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, saying he would decide Morales’ motion to go pro se later. Morales, 35, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate […]

NYPD Conducted Stop and Frisk Inside Home of Man Alleging Earlier Abuse    

NYPD Conducted Stop and Frisk Inside Home of Man Alleging Earlier Abuse    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly six weeks after a 2013 police raid on a Brooklyn private party sparked headlines, police returned to that location and questioned eight people who had gathered there. “Mr. Campbell eventually had to move out of that place,” said Eric Subin, the attorney who is representing Jabbar Campbell, the party promoter, in […]

Appeals Panel Reverses Order that Prison Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery    

Appeals Panel Reverses Order that Prison Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a startling about-face, the five active judges of the US First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed both a district court ruling and a three-judge appellate panel in finding that the Massachusetts Department of Correction (Mass DOC) did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” when […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

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