By: Kirk Semple
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has recommended that its members refuse requests by federal immigration authorities to hold foreign-born detainees for additional time so that they can be investigated for immigration-related offenses.
At least nine sheriffs in the state have vowed to follow the association’s guidance, joining a growing wave of law enforcement agencies around the nation that have made similar policy changes, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which has been pressing the jurisdictions in the state to make the changes. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Jonathan Stearns, James G. Neuger and Kateryna Choursina
The U.S. is considering further punitive measures on Russian business after Europeblacklisted tycoons close to the Kremlin to pressure President Vladimir Putin to halt backing for separatists in east Ukraine.
Rising pressure comes as Ukraine laid the blame on rebels for blocking investigators seeking to reach the crash site of Malaysian Air Flight MH17 in past days. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said an international team reached the area today. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Andy Campbell
A married grandma of 14 faces six months behind bars after she had public sex with a man who was not her husband at a public pavilion in Florida.
Peggy Klemm, 68, and her 49-year-old copulation co-conspirator, David Bobilya, were sentenced Wednesday after their romp at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square,Click Orlando reports. Apparently, a retirement community there called The Villages, which houses 100,000 people, is known for its wild nights, $3.75 cocktails and public sex. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Freeman Kioptt
New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, and Republican Chris Christie ofNew Jersey say they share essential values as the sons of Sicilian women. Now they share something else: scandals that may block their aspirations for higher office. Read the rest of this entry »
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A federal judge in Manhattan has ordered Bank of America to pay $1.2 billion in civil penalties for defective mortgages sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ordered the payment in a Wednesday decision after a federal jury determined that Bank of America’s Countrywide unit had engaged in an intentional scheme to misrepresent the quality of its mortgages, the New York Law Journal reports. He also ordered former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone to pay $1 million. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Reuters and Bloomberg also have stories. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Stephanie Francis Ward
Finding that various New York City police unions have no standing in the city’s stop-and-frisk lawsuits—which Mayor Bill Blasio decided to settle in January—a federal judge on Wednesday denied the law enforcement groups’ motion to intervene.
“Although officers mentioned by name in the orders may feel that their reputations have been harmed due to the public evaluation of their conduct, it is less clear how anonymous officers with no connection to this litigation might suffer reputational injury from a finding that their employer’s policy violates the Constitution,” wrote Judge Analisa Torres in her opinion (PDF). “The unions offer no explanation other than to state the conclusion that such officers are in fact harmed.” Read the rest of this entry »