February 1, 2018 | ABC7 Eyewitness News
More than a dozen inspectors in New York City are charged with either not doing an inspection, or lying about what they found. What is worse is that prosecutors say the investigators may have put the health of workers at risk at thousands of construction sites in New York City.
The inspectors are all charged with failing to inspect hundreds of construction sites, then falsely certifying them as safe or misrepresenting lab results to conceal asbestos findings.ABC7 Eyewitness News
February 1, 2018 | New York Law JournalNew York Law Journal
February 1, 2018 | The Hill
Lawmakers at a Tuesday hearing discussed ways to crack down on human traffickers who are using new financial tools to avoid detection.
New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office has expanded where it searches for trafficking activity, both on the internet and the deep web, where cryptocurrency transactions are increasingly prevalent.
The district attorney said that trafficking sites on the deep web have seen their profits skyrocket thanks to the “drastic increase in the value of digital currencies such as bitcoin” in recent months.The Hill
January 25, 2018 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced a new effort to engage survivors of work-related sexual violence, encourage reporting of these incidents, and deploy specially-trained sex crimes prosecutors to swiftly investigate such reports. Staffed by 15 Assistant District Attorneys and a social worker, the Work-Related Sexual Violence Team will be led by Assistant D.A. Vanessa Puzio, a supervising attorney with more than 12 years of experience in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.The Manhattan District Attorney
January 10, 2018 | Inside Cybersecurity
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance says factory-default encrypted devices have stymied state and local law enforcement investigations into an array of criminal activity, arguing for some way to provide law enforcement access to devices while pushing for international collaboration to take down cyber crime.Inside Cybersecurity
January 9, 2018 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary incarceration in the justice system. Beginning today, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will no longer request that bail be set in most misdemeanor and violation cases. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office implemented its policy in April 2017.The Manhattan District Attorney
January 9, 2018 | New York Daily News
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday his office will no longer seek bail for most misdemeanor and violation cases.
Critics have long argued that the current bail system discriminates against poor defendants who are unable to pay.New York Daily News
January 3, 2018 | NY1
Lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to lengthen the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. Advocates of the Child Victims Act gathered yesterday around the "Fearless Girl" statue in Lower Manhattan.
They say survivors of child sex abuse should have until the age of 28 to take their abusers to court.
The current statute of limitations runs out when they turn 23.NY1
January 3, 2018 | New York Daily News
A Manhattan judge slammed the misogynist sicko who forced his girlfriend to march outside naked with the maximum sentence Wednesday — sending him to prison for as many as seven years.
Jasson Melo, 26, faced time for coercion, a felony, for making the 22-year-old mother of his child undress and walk around his Harlem block. This followed hours of verbal and physical abuse inside his apartment, according to evidence submitted at his trial in Manhattan Supreme Court.New York Daily News
December 6, 2017 | New York Post
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the bill revealed “a shocking disregard for the lives of law-enforcement officers across the country” and those they are tasked to protect.
“By allowing people with dangerous histories and no training to carry loaded, concealed weapons across state lines, CCRA would impose weak gun laws on all 50 states,” he said.New York Post