Weekly News Update


*If the leaked details of Obama’s expected action on immigration turn out to be true, the president’s decision could improve the lives of more than four million immigrants directly, and millions more indirectly, according to estimates by the Pew Research Center. [Washington Post]

*New York City rent stabilized tenants won a major victory when the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that their leases can’t be seized in bankruptcy and sold to pay off creditors. [New York Post]

*The widow of a man whose death was aired on a reality show cannot hold ABC or the hospital that treated him liable for inflicting emotional distress, a New York appeals court has ruled. [Reuters]

*Former Texas prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. Anderson pled to criminal contempt, and will have to give up his law license, perform 500 hours of community service, and spend 10 days in jail. [Huffington Post]

*The Appellate Division, Second Department announced the recipients of the 2014 Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence award. The eight individuals were recognized at an awards dinner on Nov. 19. [Brooklyn Eagle]

*A plan by police in Buffalo, NY to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates. [Fox News]

*An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law — enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans’ Contract with America — the deadline to petition for a last-resort hearing has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of those inmates have since been executed. [Washington Post]

*A pagan religious order based in Greene County is entitled to a property tax exemption, the state’s highest court has ruled in a unanimous decision. [The Oneida Daily Dispatch]