Weekly News Update


*Governor Andrew Cuomo has named Appellate Justice Eugene Fahey as his nominee to replace Judge Robert Smith on the state Court of Appeals. Fahey first served on the bench as a Buffalo City Court Judge in 1994. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1996, before being appointed to the Appellate Division by then-governor George Pataki in 2006. [Capital New York]

*The seven-year legal battle over whether New York Times reporter James Risen would be jailed for refusing to reveal his sources ended on Monday when both the defense and the prosecution said they would not call him to testify in a CIA leak case. [NY Magazine]

*New York City will unveil a new municipal ID program that could bring big changes for the city’s large undocumented population. In addition to a free one-year membership to the city’s leading cultural institutions, the IDNYC card will provide undocumented immigrants with the ability to access state buildings and open bank accounts with a number of participating financial institutions. [The Guardian]

*The French authorities are moving aggressively to rein in speech supporting terrorism, employing a new law to mete out tough prison sentences in a crackdown that is stoking a free-speech debate after last week’s attacks in Paris. [NY Times]

*New York City officials announced Tuesday that they have agreed on a plan that will eliminate the use of solitary confinement for inmates 21 or younger at Rikers Island prison. The new plan comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio banning solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates in December. [Jurist]

*A New York appeals court heard oral arguments on January 14th in a challenge to a controversial knife law that has landed tens of thousands of suspects in jail over the past ten years. [Village Voice]

*A Brooklyn stock trader’s career was slam dunked after Madison Square Garden security guards got him arrested for yelling “Carmelo, You Stink!” at the Knicks star, according to court papers. [NY Daily News]