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July 26, 2017 | New York Times

The owners of a Midtown Manhattan antiques shop pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally selling and offering for sale over $4.5 million in ivory from more than a dozen slaughtered elephants, the authorities said. The shop owners, brothers Irving Morano, 47, and Samuel Morano, 49 — were arrested in September, about a year after undercover...

July 26, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

The owners of a Manhattan antiques store pleaded guilty on Wednesday for selling millions of dollars in illegal elephant ivory...“When a search warrant was executed at Metropolitan Fine Arts & Antiques, more than $4.5 million of ivory from more than a dozen slaughtered elephants was recovered—making this the largest seizure of illegal elephant ivory...

July 25, 2017 | The Oregonian

...Her kit came from a stash of 2,607 old untested kits from the three counties that made up more than half of the state's backlog: Multnomah, Marion and Lane. The counties got a $2 million grant to send the kits to a private lab in Utah to see if any of the swabs yielded traceable DNA.

July 19, 2017 | New York Times

On Wednesday, a judge in Manhattan sentenced Mr. Baril, who had pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and one count of attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, to 22 years in prison, approving an agreement between the defense and the prosecution. “I think the disposition that we have reached is as close to justice as we can come,”...

July 19, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

A Bronx man who attacked seemingly random victims with a hammer was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in state prison. David Baril, 32 years old, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault and attempted assault of a police officer in state Supreme Court in Manhattan in May. ...

July 18, 2017 | City & State

By Greg Berman and Julian Adler

Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced a new slate of reforms aimed at avoiding criminal prosecution for approximately 20,000 non-violent misdemeanor cases per year. Going forward, individuals arrested for jumping the subway turnstile and minor drug possession in Manhattan...

July 01, 2017 | New York Law Journal

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Friday that it will not prosecute most "turnstile jumping" cases and minor drug offenses, effectively eliminating 20,000 criminal cases a year. "The criminal prosecution of these low-level, non-violent offenses should not be a part of a reformed 21st-century justice system,"...

June 30, 2017 | New York Times

Even as crime has fallen to record lows in recent years, the police have continued to haul thousands of fare beaters into the city’s criminal courts, filling the calendars with cases that often end with the defendants pleading guilty and being sentenced to the time they had already been in jail. Now, the Manhattan district...

June 30, 2017 | New York Daily News

A backlog of minor crimes will shrink in Manhattan through a new effort to eliminate turnstile jumping cases that "bog down" the system starting in September, the DA announced Friday.

First-time "theft of services" transit offenders are expected to be issued a civil summons, which will be handled...

June 30, 2017 | Gothamist

Subway turnstile jumpers will no longer face criminal prosecution in the borough of Manhattan starting this fall, under a new initiative from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the DA announced this morning. Vance announced in a press release this morning that his office "will no longer prosecute the overwhelming majority of individuals charged with Theft of...