Tag: Crime and Criminals

New York’s Sharp Rise in Cases Becomes Federal Focus: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times White House emphasizes how hard New York is being hit. With New York emerging as the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus’s spread, White House officials on Tuesday focused on the crisis in the city […]

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True Crime Favorites From New York Times Critics and Staff

In what might be considered a golden age of content, the true crime genre stands out as one that is consistently captivating audiences in every dark corner of the cultural landscape. A harrowing, vivid story like “Dirty John,” can go from the pages of a newspaper, to a podcast, to a scripted dramatic TV series. […]

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Let’s Move Courts Online and Suspend Bail for Nonviolent Offenses

Across the country, only a small number of courts and justice systems appear to have significantly adjusted their procedures to guard against the coronavirus pandemic. And that is putting tens of thousands of people at risk for no good reason. Most justice systems simply are processing cases much as they always do, perhaps with an […]

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Brazen Shooting From a Window Terrifies Manhattan Neighborhood

Juan Manuel Gonzalez was looking for parking on a sunny, quiet street in Upper Manhattan when the sound of three gunshots startled him. Mr. Gonzalez abandoned his car at the corner of West 163rd Street and Edgecombe Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood and found himself caught up in chaos. He saw a man on […]

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What You Need to Know About the Robert Durst Trial

ImageKathleen and Robert Durst as a young couple in the 1970s.Credit…Jim McCormack/HBO 1982 Missing: Kathleen McCormack Durst “VANISHES! Search for beautiful wife of developer” screamed the headline in The New York Post. That developer was Robert Durst, heir to a real estate empire whose towers helped shape the Manhattan skyline. His wife, a 29-year-old medical […]

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The Weinstein Jury Believed the Women

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on Monday of two felony sex crimes, and he now faces a possible sentence of between five and 29 years. We asked the reporters who first broke the story about the accusations […]

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Why We Need to Reform New York’s Criminal Justice Reforms

As district attorneys in New York State, we support efforts to make our criminal justice system fairer. Fairness and public safety are not in conflict. When people trust the criminal justice system to treat everyone equitably, we are all safer. We support the New York State Legislature’s efforts to address the inequities of bail and […]

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In One State, a Holdout Juror Can’t Block a Conviction. That May Not Last.

PENDLETON, Ore. — For three days, the jury was deadlocked. Nine jurors wanted to convict James Worley, a church pastor accused of sexually abusing a young relative. Three others said they could not find him guilty. “It was awful being in that room,” Carlos Cardoso, who was among the jurors who did not want to […]

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Mother Charged in Missing Idaho Children Case Complicated by Multiple Deaths

Two children who lived in Idaho — Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua Vallow, 7 — have been missing for months. The story of their disappearance is part of a larger tale that has drawn national and international headlines and involves at least three people dead, the two missing children and open police investigations in multiple […]

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When Did Bloomberg Turn Against Stop-and-Frisk? When He Ran for President.

Days before he announced his presidential campaign in November, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013, renounced one of his signature policies: stop-and-frisk, in which police officers stopped and searched millions of New Yorkers, the vast majority of whom were black or Hispanic and had not committed a crime. […]

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A Criminal Underworld of Child Abuse, Part 1

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Note: This episode contains descriptions of child sexual abuse. A monthslong New York Times investigation has uncovered a digital underworld of child sexual abuse imagery that is hiding in plain sight. In part one of a two-part […]

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Tessa Majors Killing: 14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the killing of Tessa Majors, a Barnard College student, during a park robbery near her school in December. Investigators had long believed that the unidentified teenager wielded the knife that killed Ms. Majors after she bit the hand of one of her three attackers during a […]

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A Brazen Gunman, 2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Shot and the Fallout

Weather: Rain is likely in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high in the upper 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect today, suspended tomorrow for Lincoln’s Birthday. ImageCredit…David Dee Delgado for The New York Times It was the kind of crime that shocks a city: a gunman brazenly walking up to police officers and firing away […]

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‘He Deserves to Have a Voice’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Note: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence. In the trial of Harvey Weinstein, six women have taken the stand, each making similar accusations of rape and sexual assault against the movie producer. Throughout their testimony, Weinstein’s […]

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Crime Spikes. Is Bail Law to Blame?

Weather: There will be a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a high in the low to mid-40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday). When Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City in 2014, some critics said his progressive approach to public safety would lead to […]

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Police Officer Charged With Murder in Killing of Handcuffed Suspect in Maryland

A police corporal in Maryland was charged with second-degree murder on Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a suspect who had been handcuffed in the back of his patrol car the previous night, the authorities said. The corporal, Michael Owen, a 10-year veteran of the Prince George’s Police Department, shot William H. Green seven times […]

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U.S. Accuses Harvard Scientist of Concealing Chinese Funding

BOSTON — Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, was charged on Tuesday with making false statements about money he had received from a Chinese government-run program, part of a broad-ranging F.B.I. effort to root out theft of biomedical research from American laboratories. Dr. Lieber, a leader in the […]

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Don’t Be Confused by Trump’s Defense. What He Is Accused of Are Crimes.

Watching CNN last week, I learned that I’m partly responsible for President Trump’s legal defense. On the screen was one of the president’s lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, explaining his new position that impeachment requires “criminal-like behavior.” When the legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin interjected that “every single law professor” disagreed with him, Mr. Dershowitz rejoined that one […]

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