Weekly News Update


*A lower court judge acted properly when she ordered changes at New York City polling places to improve access for the disabled, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The news of the written decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that came in a lawsuit filed in 2010 was on behalf of more than a half-million New York residents with mobility and vision disabilities. [Fairfield Citizen]

*On Friday night, the luxury condominium at 455 Central Park West was the site of tragedy. A prominent M&A partner at a top law firm jumped from his 22nd-floor apartment to his death. [Above the Law]

*The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a copyright lawsuit over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull can go forward, a decision that could open Hollywood studios to more claims from people seeking a share of profits from classic films and TV shows. [NPR]

*Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, swiftly acquitted Friday on bribe-related corruption charges, says he will ask state taxpayers to reimburse his legal fees of as much as $4 million. [New York Post]

*Lawyers for New York state will ask an appeals court to overturn a $5.5 million wrongful conviction verdict awarded to an Oswego County man. [Syracuse.com]

*U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order late Tuesday halting the execution of Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew about an hour before he was set to die by lethal injection. The action most likely means the full Supreme Court will review the order and decide whether or not to hear the merits of Bucklew’s challenge to his execution. [Washington Post]

*Disabled Navy veteran Tyrone Hicks spent 10 years behind bars, branded “the Bronx rapist.” Six years after his release, the undying efforts of a group of law school students uncovered stunning evidence buried within a case file that convinced a Bronx Supreme Court judge to clear him of all charges Thursday. [New York Post]

*New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 on Sunday, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behavior among residents. [The Raw Story]

*An Egyptian Islamic preacher whose fiery sermons before and after 9/11 attracted extremists to his London mosque was convicted Monday in a trial that a prosecutor said should provide justice for the victims of a kidnapping in Yemen more than a decade ago. [Fox NY]