Verdict stands in face of juror misconduct charge

June 3, 2016

Peter Liang is an ex-police officer with the NYPD. He was convicted in February of manslaughter in the accidental fatal shooting of an unarmed man in a housing project in Brooklyn. After the verdict was announced, but before Liang was due to be sentenced, media reports claimed that one of the jurors lied to the attorneys in the case. During voir dire – the questioning of potential jurors prior to trail – the juror said […] Read On

Difference Between Murder and Homicide

February 12, 2016

What is the difference between murder and homicide in New York? Murder and homicide are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, there is a marked difference between the two. What Is Homicide? Homicide is defined as the killing of one person by another. Murder, which falls under the category of homicide, is when the perpetrator intentionally kills the other person. Murder often includes a plan to kill an individual. In New York City homicide […] Read On

Chaotic Jury Deliberation Leads to Mistrial

December 8, 2015

It’s not often that the public gets a look inside the jury room. It’s even rarer when you are told some of the specific statements that are made during deliberations. The case was and is a very serious one. Keno Roberts, a black man, was charged with killing his stepson, who was three years old. He was arrested and was held without bail at Rikers Island for four years. Earlier this month, a jury acquitted […] Read On

Man acquitted of murder after 24 years behind bars sues NYC

March 4, 2015

In a series of events reminiscent of a detective novel, Derrick Deacon, who was convicted of a murder he did not commit, and who has spent almost a quarter century in prison as a result, is now a free man. He’s suing the city, as well as the NYPD detectives who he says were responsible for the miscarriage of justice. The saga started in 1989 with the robbery and killing of a man in the […] Read On

Stiff sentence for pain pill doctor in overdose deaths

January 6, 2015

A New York City physician has been sentenced to 10⅔ to 20 years in prison. He was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of two of his patients, both of whom had overdosed on prescription pain medications. While the case of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, stands as a notable exception, it is not often that one hears a report of a doctor being convicted of manslaughter in an overdose case. In fact, […] Read On