Penalty box for these Islanders’ enthusiasts
I want to apologize to hockey player John Tavares and his family members on behalf of New York Islanders enthusiasts who went alongside with the vulgar display of ingratitude for his nine years of devotion to the two local community and staff [“We don’t need you!,” Sports, March 1].
If Thursday night’s sport experienced been a fight, Islanders enthusiasts who threw figurative haymakers would are entitled to to be suspended for 10 video games. The NHL Community did us a favor by not jogging the seem of the game’s lowlights.
We must be embarrassed as a local community for the inadequate procedure accorded Tavares, a chief who was only performing suitable by himself and his family members by going on from the Islanders to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was staff administration that unsuccessful us. The Islanders must have traded Tavares when he did not signal at the trade deadline.
Wouldn’t it be good if enthusiasts convert out on April 1, Tavares’ subsequent Coliseum sport, to clearly show we regret the actions exhibited on Thursday?
Dire will need to reform felony justice rules
I read with dismay about prosecutors’ attempts to derail pending felony justice reforms, which includes discovery [“Criminal justice revamp,” News, Feb. 24].
As an attorney who has practiced felony defense for practically 45 years, I have noticed the devastating affect New York’s antiquated felony discovery rules have on the fairness of the felony justice system. In civil cases involving income, attorneys receive thorough info about the opponent’s situation to help them give educated information to clientele. Even so, in felony cases, when a conviction can result in a long time of imprisonment, critical info such as witness statements required for preparing of a defense is furnished only instantly right before demo. This deficiency of info hampers attorney attempts to examine, and harmless clientele are generally wrongfully convicted for the reason that the defense attorney has been blindfolded by New York’s deficiency of disclosure.
Prosecutors say turning about discovery products inside 15 days of an arraignment is unrealistic. Possibly it is inconvenient, but a lot of other jurisdictions have modified discovery rules to advertise fairness and involve the sharing of info inside a comparable interval. Inconvenience must not be an excuse for denying entry to info to attorneys of defendants. It is time for New York to revise its discovery rules to advertise fairness.
Brooklyn and Sag Harbor
Editor’s be aware: The writer is former attorney-in-chief of the Lawful Help Modern society of New York and former president of the New York State Bar Association.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas’ feedback about felony justice reforms proposed in Albany are tone deaf and out of touch with fact. She urges everyone to “slow down” the improvement of much-desired and overdue reforms central to fairness and justice — for bail, discovery and speedy trials. But Singas ignores the fact that problematic present rules have been all-around for a long time and harmed countless numbers of New Yorkers. Further more, her claim that the new proposals had been published by attorneys who have never ever practiced felony law is mystifying.
As the presidents of two statewide felony defense bar associations composed of personal counsel and community defenders, we will happily explain for Singas. All of the proposals underneath thought have been vetted by legal scholars, present-day and former practitioners, and members of the judiciary. A lot of proposals adopted years of considerate get the job done by task forces and committees. To advise they had been produced in haste or by novices is misguided and insulting.
These reforms had been launched final 12 months in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s government finances. His workplace has talked about them at duration with prosecutors and the defense bar. The two sides have been provided time to comment on particulars.
What we assistance will not advantage or disadvantage prosecutors or defenders. The reforms stability the law enforcement perspective with bigger protections of because of approach, fairness, and attempts to keep away from wrongful prosecutions and convictions.
Tina Luongo and Lori Cohen,
Editor’s be aware: Luongo is president of the Chief Defenders Association of New York. Cohen is president of the New York State Association of Prison Defense Legal professionals.
All for enforcing present gun rules
I was pleasantly surprised to read your prevalent-perception editorial “Existing gun rules can stop violence” [Feb. 21]. Your factors had been location on. We will need to desire that law enforcement organizations at all concentrations do their careers and implement all present guns rules.
I think that introducing extra rules that both will not be adopted by criminals, or which go unenforced, would be a waste of time so some politicians could believe they’ve accomplished anything to deal with gun violence, when they’ve accomplished practically nothing.
In every single of the cases you cite, when rules had been not enforced and killings ensued, there must be whole investigations into how law enforcement unsuccessful. If heads will need to roll, so be it.
Editor’s be aware: The writer is a member of the National Rifle Association.