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Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an April 26 ruling that received surprised comment from the media, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed by a 6-1 vote a decision by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to assign sufficient points under the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act to a man acquitted of all […]

Final Win for Giuliani Adult Zoning Regs

Final Win for Giuliani Adult Zoning Regs

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Bringing possible finality to a lawsuit bouncing throughout the New York state court system for 15 years, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on June 6 that the 2001 amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance governing “adult establishments” do not violate the constitutional rights of […]

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Rockland County Family Court Judge Rachel E. Tanguay, ruling on a previously unresolved question under New York law, decided that when a lesbian couple had children together and raised them together as a family for several years before splitting up, the co-parent was entitled to have her parental status recognized […]

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 […]

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old precedent, establishing a new rule for determining when somebody who is neither a biological nor an adoptive parent can seek custody of a child. The August 30 opinion for the court by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam provides that […]