Debate Over Cheektowaga Sex Offender Law

May 3, 2017  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Debate Over Cheektowaga Sex Offender Law

The Cheektowaga Town Council held a hearing concerning repealing the town’s sex offender law, which is more restrictive than the state code. The New York State Court of Appeals has ruled the law unconstitutional. I spoke to WIVB about the law’s constitutionality and what options the Town of Cheektowaga police have for enforcement. Click on the image above for more information and click here to read the full story.

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Uber/Lyft Drivers and Sex Offenses

May 1, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Uber/Lyft Drivers and Sex Offenses

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft were recently legalized as part of the new New York State budget. As it stands, the law prohibits Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from getting the permits needed to drive for one of these companies. I spoke to WGRZ about the proposed bill that would prevent all registered sex offenders of any level from getting ride sharing permits. Click the photo above for more and click here for the full story.

Raise the Age Proposal

April 5, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Raise the Age Proposal

The New York State budget continues to be negotiated but, as of yet, no agreement has been reached. One issue that could be delaying its approval is known as "Raise the Age", which is a push to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State from 16 to 18. I spoke to WGRZ about this issue and what it could mean for New York's criminal justice system. Click the photo above for more and click here for the full story.

March 30, 2017  |  IN THE NEWS, PROFESSIONAL LICENSING DEFENSE  |  Share

I wrote a guest column that appeared in the March 27 issue of the Buffalo Law Journal. In “Legally defending a professional license is not just about protecting a career”, I explain several issues related to professional licensing defense, including how nursing licenses are obtained, what could put a professional license in jeopardy, how a professional license can be protected, and what an attorney’s role is in the process. The full article is available on the Buffalo Law Journal website. To read more about professional licensing defense, please visit the Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria website.

Teen Charged with Beating Two-Year-Old Boy

March 14, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Teen Charged with Beating Two-Year-Old Boy

On Friday, a two-year-old boy was taken to the emergency room with severe injuries. He was put on life support, which has since been removed. 17-year-old Devon Vanderwege, who is being charged as an adult, was arrested for the assault. I spoke to WGRZ about the charges and how they could change now that the young boy’s life support has been removed. Click the photo above for more and click here for the full story.

Child Found Walking Alone in Niagara Falls

March 3, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Child Found Walking Alone in Niagara Falls

Yesterday morning, a passerby saw a 4-year-old girl walking alone near Frankie's Donuts in Niagara Falls. The young girl was brought inside, the police were called, and she was returned to her mother. I spoke to WGRZ about whether criminal charges could be brought against the girl's parents for endangering her welfare. Click the photo above for more and click here for the full story.

Pay-to-Play Suit Against Mayor Brown Dismissed

March 3, 2017  |  ETHICS, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Pay-to-Play Suit Against Mayor Brown Dismissed

NRP Properties filed a lawsuit alleging that Mayor Byron Brown and others were engaged in “pay-to-play”. A federal judge recently dismissed this suit on the grounds that Mayor Brown is protected under legislative immunity. I spoke to WGRZ about the case. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Towne Automotive Employee Charged with Embezzlement

January 6, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Towne Automotive Employee Charged with Embezzlement

Orchard Park Police have arrested Billie Becker for allegedly embezzling approximately $1,000,000 from her employer, Towne Automotive. I spoke to WGRZ about the case and the charges. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Conviction Overturned in Buffalo Boy’s Murder

December 12, 2016  |  APPEALS, CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Conviction Overturned in Buffalo Boy's Murder

The conviction of Matthew Kuzdzal in the 2013 sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old Eain Brooks was recently overturned due to allegations of juror bias. I spoke to Time Warner Cable News about the case and what the District Attorney's options are going forward. See the full story by clicking here.

Criminalization of Business Regulation Violations

December 9, 2016  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Criminalization of Business Regulation Violations

Over the past decade, criminal statutes and sanctions against businesses have surfaced from within federal regulations. These statutes allow what used to considered regulatory violations to become criminalized, which means corporations can be prosecuted for the infractions instead of just being made to pay a fine. I spoke to the Buffalo Law Journal about how the regulations are being applied and what the effect on businesses could be going forward. You can read the entire article by clicking here.