Weekly News Update


*A US appeals court on Tuesday ruled against a New Jersey law authorizing sports gambling in the state, upholding a lower court ruling that voided the state’s repeal of some prohibitions against betting on games. [New York Post]

*The de Blasio administration’s decision to part company with one of the city’s most prominent developers over the Willets Point redevelopment project came down to the wire. Instead of joining the developers in appealing a lower court ruling that they could not build a mall on a parking lot on the Queens site, the mayor’s team decided to let the developers go it alone. [Capital New York]

*The city is appealing a judge’s decision to release information about the history of civilian complaints against the cop whose chokehold killed Eric Garner. In papers filed with the Appellate Division, city lawyers contend that releasing the information about NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would violate the civil rights of the officer. [NY Daily News]

*Excited first-time voters; those proud to show that they voted for or against, say, President Obama; and those so disgusted that they wrote in the name of their dead dog have all been known to post snapshots of their ballots on Twitter or Facebook. Now, a legal fracas has erupted over whether the display of marked ballots is a constitutionally protected form of speech and political expression. [NY Times]

*A Westchester judge has allowed a dad to use his wife’s Facebook profile as a weapon in their custody battle, a groundbreaking ruling that could alter the way New York couples fight it out in court. [New York Post]

*People living in the United States illegally have a constitutional right to bear arms but are still barred from doing so by a separate law, a federal appeals court ruled. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving Mariano Meza-Rodriguez. [NY Times]

*An appeals court Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Bronx man for trying to hide his former girlfriend’s dismembered body in the basement of a Teaneck house but sent the case back to a trial judge for reconsideration of his 20-year sentence. [NorthJersey.com]