Weekly News Update


*The N.C.A.A. may restrict colleges from compensating athletes beyond the cost of attendance, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday in an apparent victory for the college sports establishment as it fights efforts to expand athletes’ rights. [NY Times]

*New York’s top judge declared a crisis in Syracuse on Wednesday over the lack of services for the poor who desperately need a lawyer. Nearly 2 million people a year come to state courts unable to afford a civil lawyer, said Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. [Syracuse.com]

*Darcel Clark, who currently serves as an appellate division judge for the state, was nominated by Bronx Democrats on Sept. 24 to replace outgoing District Attorney Robert Johnson, who the party nominated to become a New York State Supreme Court Justice. [DNAinfo]

*Hidden GPS devices — embedded by manufacturers or slipped by police into stacks of cash, pill bottles or other commonly stolen items — are raising questions from legal experts over what they see as the potential for abuse by law enforcement authorities. They wonder whether some of the cases involving such technologies will stand up in court. [Fox 5 NY]

*Two trade groups representing Chinese and Korean nail salon owners will seek to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s requirement that they purchase bonds as security for unpaid wages, sources told Crain’s Thursday. [Crain’s NY Business]

*When Robert T. Johnson, the longtime Bronx district attorney, announced that he was seeking a judgeship, the move benefited not only Bronx Democratic Party leaders, who can now handpick the borough’s next top prosecutor, but also someone much closer to Mr. Johnson — his wife, Justice Dianne T. Renwick. [NY Times]

*A Brooklyn teacher who was fired after accidentally bringing 20 bags of heroin to court in his backpack should be permanently barred from the classroom, a judicial appeals panel ruled Tuesday. [New York Post]