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Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

BY ANDY HUMM | New York City and State are known for some of the strongest human rights laws in the country — though transgender rights have only been protected statewide since late last year when Governor Andrew Cuomo employed executive action to overcome the State Senate’s long resistance on that score. But City Comptroller Scott […]

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of each other, two federal district judges issued preliminary injunctions requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio, based in Cincinnati, issued his order on September 26 against the Highland Local School […]

New “Parent” Precedent Helps Co-Dad

New “Parent” Precedent Helps Co-Dad

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what is likely the first application of the recent New York Court of Appeals decision adopting a new definition of “parent” under the state’s Domestic Relations Law to account for same-sex couples raising children, a state appellate panel ruled that a gay man who was parenting twin children conceived through […]

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this […]

Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished jurist and champion of the rights of tenants, immigrants, and LGBT people, was re-nominated by acclamation for a 14-year term to the New York State Supreme Court by delegates to Manhattan’s County Democratic Judicial Convention on September 22. Ling-Cohan’s nomination came as a welcome vindication after […]

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad […]

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A defense expert testified that the DNA testing method used to link Mayer Herskovic to a brutal 2013 assault on a gay black man in Williamsburg was invalid and that his DNA may have ended up on the victim’s sneaker because a third person first touched Herskovic and then touched the […]

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years post-release supervision for assaulting two men in the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea in 2015. “The jury rejected your claim of self-defense,” said Arlene Goldberg, the judge who heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court, on September 15. “That you did […]

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Who knew? It is potentially a crime in Texas —and apparently several other states —to pose as somebody else on social media sites like Manhunt.net. And, according to a panel of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, this prohibition does not violate anybody’s First Amendment rights. Michael Dwain Bradshaw was […]

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A divided federal appeals panel has denied the effort by a Jamaican immigrant to avoid deportation, deciding that it would accept an immigration judge’s conclusion the man had failed to prove he is bisexual. The 2-1 vote by the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 17 affirmed an earlier […]

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