Weekly News Update


*A federal appeals court has slapped the cuffs on Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara. The tough-as-nails lawman, who rode to fame by convicting more than 80 Wall Streeters during a yearslong probe into insider trading, was denied a chance to re-argue a key defeat last Friday. [New York Post]

*Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood with his head bowed and his hands clasped as the guilty verdicts tolled one after another for what seemed like an eternity: Guilty of using weapons of mass destruction, guilty of bombing a place of public use, guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. The word “guilty” was spoken 32 times. [CNN]

*New York officials are seeking to increase funding to provide poor people with free legal services in civil proceedings such as eviction and immigration matters, part of a broader national movement to establish a legal right to counsel in civil cases. [Wall Street Journal]

*Want privacy? Buy shades. That was the message sent by a panel of Appellate Division judges Thursday when they tossed a lawsuit by a Tribeca family who said a photographer invaded their privacy by secretly taking their pictures for a year and then putting them in an exhibit. [NY Daily News]

*The New York State Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that revoking the parole of a man found mentally incompetent violates due process guaranteed in the state constitution, and suggested legislators should look to close a loophole in how the state’s parole system treats mentally ill inmates. [Capital NY]

*Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the center of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, said Monday it plans to pursue “all available legal action” against the magazine. [Fox News]

*A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook. In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message. [NY Daily News]