Monday, February 20, 2017
Robert Durst of 'The Jinx' faces pre-trial testimony in murder case
Artwork by Bill Robles
By Steve Gorman
| LOS ANGELES
Wealthy real estate scion Robert Durst faced the first prosecution testimony of the murder case against him in Los Angeles on Tuesday, from a retired dean of the New York medical school his wife attended before she vanished three decades ago.
The testimony of Dr Albert Kuperman focused on a telephone call he recounted receiving from a woman identifying herself as Kathleen Durst in 1982, a day after she was last seen alive, saying she would have to miss an appointment due to illness.
Prosecutors have raised the possibility that the call in question was actually placed by another woman posing as Durst's wife, and that the fourth-year medical student may have already been dead by then.
Durst has been questioned about his wife's disappearance and presumed slaying but has never been prosecuted in that probe.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69
Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Tex. She was 69.
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its historic 7-to-2 ruling, written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, articulating a constitutional right to privacy that included the choice to terminate a pregnancy.
The ruling established the trimester framework, designed to balance a woman’s right to control her body and a state’s compelling interest in protecting unborn life. Although later modified, it was a landmark of American jurisprudence and made Jane Roe a figurehead — championed or reviled — in the battle over reproductive rights that continued into the 21st century.
|Roe v Wade Affirmation argument by Aggie Whelan Kenny|
Friday, January 20, 2017
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' faces Brooklyn federal judge; U.S. official vows he won't escape this timehttp://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mexican-drug-lord-el-chapo-face-judge-brooklyn-article-1.2951179
A half-dozen federal agents carrying assault weapons flanked the entrance to the Brooklyn Federal courthouse Friday as notorious 59-year-old drug czar and escape artist Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman was arraigned on a laundry list of crimes as the head of the Sinaloa cartel.
Dozens of NYPD cops joined the agents, forming a protective ring around the Cadman Plaza West courthouse.
“We can assure you there will not be any tunnel being built from his bathroom,” Angel Melendez of the Homeland Security Department's Immigration Customs Enforcement said, referring to Guzman’s 2015 escape from Mexican prison.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Her blog http://sketchbookseduction.blogspot.com/ highlights her reportage artwork. The pieces are reminiscent of Feliks Topolski
Below are her drawings of the recent Trump rallies on 5th avenue and election day at the Javits Center
TRUMP PROTEST RALLY DRAWINGS BY MELANIE REIM
|Trump Tower protests on 5th ave|
ELECTION DAY DRAWINGS BY MELANIE REIM
|The morning started out with great anticipation. I stood on line on the UWS for close to an hour but no matter- it was a beautiful morning with great conversation. Exciting to see the turnout to vote.|
More of Melanie's work:
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Big Apple Circus Gets Buyers’ Expressions of Interest
At the hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane expressed hope Big Apple Circus, which filed for chapter 11 this week after an emergency fundraising drive came up short, would be able to find a buyer.
“Hopefully, bankruptcy will serve the Big Apple Circus well,” Judge Lane said during the hearing in Manhattan.
Founded in 1977, Big Apple Circus’s one-ring show became a New York cultural institution, with holiday-season performances at the Lincoln Center and later on tour. The circus held special performances for children with autism and visual and hearing impairments. It also offered free and discounted circus tickets for disadvantaged children, court papers say.
Mr. Updike told Tuesday’s hearing that beginning around 2009, Big Apple Circus’s revenue began to plummet, as financial institutions and law firms cut back on private performances.
Mr. Updike and his firm, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, are representing Big Apple Circus pro bono.
Big Apple Circus has scaled down its staff, Mr. Updike told the court, and is now running with the minimum number of people needed to keep operating. Most of the staff are part-time and involved with the organization’s “Clown Care” community-outreach program, which sends professional clowns to pediatric hospitals, he said.
An emergency fundraising drive was launched in June, but contributions Big Apple Circus received weren’t enough, prompting the organization to cancel its 2016-2017 performance season. Aside from marketing its circus equipment and intellectual property, Big Apple Circus intends to sell its training and storage facilities in Walden, NY.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
NJSBA Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition
Mock Court Workshop for Students' Coaches
October 26, 2016
This year, the mock trial
case is about a mock trial competition! After years of trying, Metropolitan High School's mock trial team finally defeated longtime rival Greenward Academy in the Metropolitan County finals, only to find their victory dampened in light of allegations of cheating. Did a student blogger from Greenward defame senior Shea Simmons, a star student-attorney from Metropolitan, causing Simmons to lose a much needed college scholarship?
This year, the mock trial case is about a mock trial competition! After years of trying, Metropolitan High School's mock trial team finally defeated longtime rival Greenward Academy in the Metropolitan County finals, only to find their victory dampened in light of allegations of cheating. Did a student blogger from Greenward defame senior Shea Simmons, a star student-attorney from Metropolitan, causing Simmons to lose a much needed college scholarship?