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Cassidy hearing extended

After a key prosecution witness against rap star Cassidy dramatically changed his testimony yesterday, a judge said prosecutors in the performer's murder case could present additional preliminary hearing evidence next month. Cassidy – whose real name is Barry Reese – is accused of opening fire on a van outside his Cedarbrook home on April 15, […]

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Christmas acquitted of last count against him

His wife was crying, his attorney was elated and John Christmas, ex-special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, was thrilled. That was the the reaction yesterday when U.S. District Judge Bruce A. Kauffman acquitted Christmas, 40, of the last count against him – lying to the grand jury about conversations with Muslim cleric Shamsud-din […]

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Acquitted defendant says he felt an obligation to testify

John Christmas doesn't have the look of a gambler. Soft-spoken and with a fashion sense that leans toward bow ties and white, V-neck boating sweaters, the 40-year-old lawyer instead has the look of a conservative, by-the-book government wonk – which many friends and associates say he is.But with his freedom and livelihood on the line, […]

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Father and daughter surrender to police in fatal crash

A father and his 15-year-old daughter surrendered to police yesterday to face charges in a bizarre auto accident last month in Mayfair that fatally injured an 18-year-old woman in a yard – a crash in which the young mother was able to toss her baby to safety before being run down. Richard Miller, 46, of […]

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Girl, dad charged in fatal crash

Flowers and a melancholy note from grieving family members wilted in the rain on a telephone poll at the corner of Nesper Street and Ryan Avenue in Mayfair yesterday, just a few yards from where a young mother was fatally injured last month. Sarah McGinley, 18, was pinned by an out-of-control car on her fiance's […]

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A Christmas Gift

U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Bruce Kauffman yesterday dismissed the two counts of lying to the FBI and the grand jury against ex-mayoral aide John Christmas, at the request of the government. Christmas, former special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, still faces four counts of mail fraud, conspiracy and one count of perjury.Assistant U.S. Attorney […]

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Beanie Sigel: Hip-Hop’s Next Federal Case? Part 1

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How Does He Sleep?

So you think you want to be a criminal defense attorney?

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How celebrated are celebs in court?

Call it the Beyonce factor. It's that breath-taking moment when a celebrity shows up in a criminal courtroom – as defendant, victim, witness or, as Beyonce did last week, as spectator – and parades in front of a jury that isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a jury of her peers.The first question that […]

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Mistrial in Beanie Sigel case

With jurors hopelessly deadlocked after five days of deliberations, a judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the attempted-murder prosecution of rapper Beanie Sigel. Assistant District Attorney Deborah Robinson said prosecutors would retry the case, which attracted considerable hip-hop star power last week when Jay-Z and Beyonc appeared at the Criminal Justice Center.Sigel, wearing a black […]

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