Weekly News Update

weekly-news *New York Governor Andrew Cuomo  selected a midlevel appellate judge from Albany for the state’s highest court. Justice Leslie Stein, a jurist for the past 17 years, will replace Judge Victoria Graffeo at the New York State Court of Appeals. [Syracuse.com]

*Less than two weeks before Americans go to the polls, a scramble is on to educate voters and election officials nationwide about a spate of new voting laws that could affect turnout and impact key gubernatorial and Senate races. [News Observer]

*A New York City subway musician was arrested last week even after an NYPD officer read aloud that what he was doing was perfectly legal. Andrew Kalleen was singing and playing his guitar in a New York City subway station when the officer stopped him, telling Kalleen that he was not allowed to perform without a permit. [Inquisitr]

*The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court this week to stop New Jersey’s plan to allow legal sports betting beginning, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games. [Philly.com]

*A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous. [NY Times]

*Earlier this week, a crowd gathered outside the New York State Court of Appeals in support of Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old trans woman murdered in Syracuse, NY in 2008. The court is ruling on whether it will reinstate a hate crime conviction against her alleged killer, Dwight DeLee. [Advocate]

*New appointments have been made to New York City’s Criminal Court. Hon. Melissa C. Jackson has been named Administrative Judge and Hon. Alexander B. Jeong as deputy administrative judge of the Criminal Court. [Brooklyn Eagle]

*A lawyer was busted this week for stealing​ ​more than $100,000 from about 15 different clients for whom won settlements. Kenneth Gellerman, 57 – who was already suspended from practicing law last year for misusing his clients’ settlement cash – allegedly deposited settlement checks into his own accounts and even settled cases without telling his clients and kept the money. [New York Post]