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3 Convicted in East Village Explosion That Killed 2 Men

November 15, 2019News Clip The New York Times

“As construction and development continues to boom, today’s guilty verdict puts property owners, contractors, and managers on notice: My office will pursue criminal charges against those who place expediency and financial gain over life and limb,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement after the conviction. “This is a big win for public safety in New York.”

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City Expands Award-Winning, Nationally Recognized Supervised Release Program in Response to State Bail Reform

November 8, 2019News Clip City of New York Manhattan D.A. Vance to provide $100 million to launch the expansion with funds forfeited in D.A.’s investigations against major banks

NEW YORK—In anticipation of new State bail reform measures, New York City will launch an expansion of its successful Supervised Release program as a proven alternative judges will be able to assign in lieu of bail, or where additional support is required to ensure an individual returns to court.

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Princeton grad sentenced in shooting death of his father

September 27, 2019News Clip Newsday

NEW YORK - (AP) -- A Princeton graduate was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life behind bars in the Manhattan shooting death of his wealthy father after the young man's allowance was slashed.

Thomas Gilbert Jr. was sentenced by a state Supreme Court judge three months after he was convicted of murdering his 70-year-old father at his parents' home on Manhattan's East Side.

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Looted coffin returned to Egypt after being acquired by the Met

September 25, 2019News Clip New York Post

An ancient gilded coffin valued at about $4 million that was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art was returned to Egypt in a repatriation ceremony Wednesday after prosecutors determined that it had been looted from the country.

The coffin was the centerpiece of the Met’s exhibit “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin,” which opened in July 2018.

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Restore parolees’ voting rights permanently, and do it now

May 21, 2019News Clip New York Daily News

For the first time in a decade, a clear path exists for New York State lawmakers to end the Jim Crow-era injustice preventing thousands of their fellow citizens from accessing the ballot box. Now is the moment for the state Senate and Assembly to pass S. 1931/A. 4987 to permanently restore voting rights to all formerly incarcerated New Yorkers upon their reentry from prison. I urge legislators to seize the opportunity before them this session to abolish felony disenfranchisement, an anti-democratic practice rooted in white supremacy.

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White Supremacist Gets Life in Prison for Killing Black Man

February 13, 2019News Clip NY1

James Jackson is the first person convicted of murder as a crime of terrorism in New York State.

The self-proclaimed white supremacist will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Timothy Caughman, a gentle 66-year-old who was well-liked by neighbors, was collecting recyclables two years ago when Jackson stabbed him to death on Ninth Avenue near West 36th Street with a large sword.

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DA Vance Invests in Domestic Violence Intervention Program From Harlem to Houston

October 10, 2018News Clip Harlem World Magazine

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of a $1.475 million grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI), a leading provider of domestic violence programs and services in New York City, to plan and implement an abusive partner intervention program (APIP) from Harlem To Houston.

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PAGV Co-Chairs to State Department: Block Release of Downloadable Blueprints for Do-It-Yourself, 3D-Printed Guns

July 25, 2018News Clip The Manhattan District Attorney

In a matter of days, the State Department is preparing to allow unlimited online access to schematic designs that enable 3D printing of untraceable guns. In a complete reversal of longstanding regulatory oversight, the State Department has decided to provide a special exemption to a private company, Defense Distributed, to post its gun blueprints online.

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Boss of firm in deadly construction worker fall pleads guilty

July 13, 2018News Clip New York Post

The company overseeing a luxury Manhattan construction project where a worker fell 29 floors to his death pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday — as the victim’s sister sobbed in the gallery.

SSC High Rise admitted that its shoddy oversight created an unsafe environment and caused the death of worker Juan Chonillo Sept. 21, 2017, according to the Manhattan DA’s Office.

The prosecutor read a letter written by the victim’s distraught sister, Angela Chonillo, as she tearfully looked on.

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ID Thieves Indicted For “Card Cracking” Scheme Involving Snapchat, Rent Checks

July 11, 2018News Clip The Manhattan District Attorney

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of six individuals for participating in a scheme involving identity theft, check forgery, and bank fraud. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Identity Theft in the Second Degree, among other charges.[1]

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