The postings below present recent noteworthy CAL court appearances and case outcomes. Please use the Contact Us inquiry form if you'd like further information about any of these cases.


3.19.20
On March 19, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed CAL client B.J.'s conviction for 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Court held that B.J. was entitled to vacatur of his guilty plea because the plea court failed to advise him that the enhanced sentence would include a term of post-release supervision. CAL Law Graduate Teighlor Bonner represented B.J. on appeal.
3.10.20

On March 10, 2020, the Appellate Term, First Department reversed CAL client A.B.’s conviction for a violation of Public Health Law 229. The Court concluded that the record failed to establish that A.B.’s plea was knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. The Court dismissed the accusatory instrument and ordered A.B.’s fine remitted. CAL Law Graduate Kyleen Breslin represented A.B. on appeal.

3.5.20

On March 5, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed CAL client W.S.’s conviction on more than 20 counts of gun-related charges. The Court held that W.S. was entitled to vacatur of his guilty plea because the plea court failed to advise him that his sentence would include a five-year term of post-release supervision. CAL attorney Megan Byrne represented W.S. on appeal.

2.25.20
On February 25, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department, reversed CAL client J.M.’s convictions, holding that the trial court improperly discharged a selected juror pursuant to the prosecutor’s belated and meritless challenge for cause. Jan Hoth represented J.M.
2.13.20
After a remand from the Appellate Division,  CAL client R.H's sentence was reduced by 12 years in New York County Supreme Court. Susannah Karlin submitted a pre-sentence memorandum for R.H, who was represented by Arielle Reid in the Appellate Division and in New York County Supreme Court.
2.7.20

On February 7, 2020, CAL client LK's conviction for possession of a gravity knife was vacated and the accusatory instrument dismissed. LK's motion was granted on prosecutorial consent following the state’s repeal of the gravity knife ban. Brittany Francis represented LK.

1.23.20
The Appellate Division, First Department granted resentencing to CAL client J.T. upon its holding that one of his convictions violated the ex post facto clause. Hunter Haney represented J.T. on appeal.
1.21.2020
C.S., who was sentenced to a prison term of four years to life in 1999 due to the Rockefeller Drug Laws, remained incarcerated despite fully completing a three-year sentence from his 2008 conviction in 2011. With this win, C.S. is scheduled to be released on February 19, 2020. Legal Intern Rachel Crosby and Paralegal Katherine Milanes prepared C.S.'s parole packet.
1.14.20
On January 14, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed CAL client P.B.’s conviction for grand larceny and perjury and remanded his case for a new trial. The trial court improvidently exercised its discretion in denying the defense a one-day adjournment to call an absent witness, whose testimony would undisputedly have been material. Mark Zeno and Allison Haupt represented P.B. on appeal.
1.6.2020
On January 6, 2020, the Appellate Term rejected the People’s attack on a suppression decision issued in the court below. The hearing court had concluded that a Family Court order authorizing the police to assist the Administration for Children’s Services in a child welfare check was “narrow” such that it “did not permit police to then ‘unilaterally’ walk down a 70-100 foot alleyway adjacent to the defendant’s house and enter his enclosed backyard,” from which the police seized evidence. The appeals court upheld the hearing court’s determinations in full. Kate Skolnick and pro bono counsel Jessica Laguerre of Arnold & Porter represented KD.