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  • Kidnappers Now Accepting Cryptocurrencies

    RealDaily

    Cryptocurrencies promise to make all kinds of payments easier, including, it now appears, paying a ransom.

    In December the New York District Attorney announced an arrest in a kidnapping.

    “This case demonstrates the increasingly common intersection between cyber and violent crime — the defendant is charged with coordinating an elaborate kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary to gain access to the victim’s digital wallet and the significant funds it contained,” said New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

  • Disbarred Attorney Paul Karan Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

    JDJournal

    An 81-year-old former attorney pleaded guilty to grand larceny and scheme to defraud on Thursday in the Manhattan Supreme Court, according to a NY Daily News report. Paul Karan, a now disbarred attorney, stole roughly $2.6 million from his clients’ trusts and estates from April 2005 and August 2016.

  • Statement by Manhattan District Attorney and Prosecutors Against Gun Violence Co-Founder Cyrus Vance, Jr. on Mass Shootings in America

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    “Congress has outsourced federal gun policy to the NRA. The only way to disrupt what has become ritual slaughter is with gun controls based on public health and safety, not on the business interests of a single industry. There is a reason why the United States is the only country where these atrocities happen regularly.

  • DAs Join Calls For ICE To Stop Courthouse Arrests

    New York City Patch

    Three of New York City's five district attorneys joined calls Wednesday for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop arresting immigrants at local courthouses, arguing the practice threatens the city's justice system.

    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Bronx DA Darcel Clark joined the recent push by public defenders and activists to protect immigrants who make legally mandated court appearances.

  • The showdown over the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

    Of all the political and cultural issues that divide red states from blue ones, none is more volatile than guns and who can carry them.

    Conservative rural states like Arizona and West Virginia allow almost anyone to carry a loaded firearm in public, while in urban states and big cities, it can be a felony.

    But a piece of legislation quietly churning its way through Congress may change all that by making gun permits more like driver's licenses, transportable across state lines. If you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in your home state, you would be allowed to carry it in all of them.