The 2016-17 Court of Appeals Term Leave Grants – February and March Sessions

After a slow start to the 2016-17 term, where the Court of Appeals granted only 4 cases from the September, October, November, December, and January sessions, the pace began to pick up in February and March.  Between those two months, the Court of Appeals granted 8 motions for leave to appeal.  Here's a quick overview …

The 2016-17 Court of Appeals Term Leave Grants – September through January Sessions

With the Court of Appeals taking its summer recess, having decided all argued cases from this term (the Court's practice of releasing decisions during the session after they are argued is still impressive), I went back through the Court's decision lists from the 2016-17 term to see what cases the Court will be hearing and …

Second Department Grants Leave to Appeal to Court of Appeals Sua Sponte. Can It Do That?

People v Flores is an important case. In Flores, four criminal defendants were tried together on gang assault charges.  The County Court where they were being tried, however, decided that it was going to empanel an anonymous jury, with the jurors identified only by number, not by name.  The defendants' objected, arguing multiple times that …

Court of Appeals Will Hear Lindsay Lohan’s and Mob Wives Star’s Appeals of Dismissal of Right to Privacy Suit Against Creator of Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is the latest in a popular series of the video games where the player controls one of several main characters in a mob family/drug cartel story that takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos, San Andreas.  After the game was released, Plaintiffs Lindsay Lohan and Karen Gravano (of the …