An activist performance artist is currently facing a year in jail for a 15 minute protest in a New York bank; the Manhattan District Attorney’s is charging him and his choir director with “riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly, and two counts of disorderly conduct”. The case is well publicized and has first amendment issues; I’m curious about its economic implications. How much money will New York City spend bringing this case to trial? What if the trial goes past the one hearing? How much does it cost to jail someone for a year? Courtroom use; judge and prosecutor time; trials for other crimes having to start later, appeals: added up, what do these parts of a misdemeanor prosecution cost NYC in cash money?
posted by Haere
on Dec 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl
on Apr 26, 2012 -
I live in a pre-war (1920's?) Brooklyn apartment building. Recently, the ceiling in the kitchen collapsed due to a leak in the pipes above, spreading plaster, dust, and wet and dry gunk everywhere. Now the landlord has completed a shoddy-looking repair, again leaving everything in the kitchen covered in dust and powder and sticky gunk. Every. Single. Thing. Two questions: how do I find out if we are in danger of asbestos exposure? How do I proceed if we are?
posted by jennyjenny
on Feb 24, 2012 -
Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Aug 16, 2011 -
My brother is negotiating a private sector job here in NYC (on a Green Card) and had a question about employment contracts. [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath
on Aug 8, 2011 -
I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 20, 2011 -
Need advice on a legal matter. Not sure what type of lawyer I need. What type of lawyer handles this and do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth
on Jan 26, 2011 -
If a building (in New York City) is listed as being accessible for disabled people, are you allowed to ask them if they're disabled before letting them use the elevator and deny them access to it if they say they're not? (I know this sounds offensive. It offends me. Please read the rest before judging. Thanks.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Oct 23, 2010 -
Some more 30s New York questions: Would a police detectve in 1930s New York be a uniformed or a nonuniformed role? In the 30s would there be such a thing as plainsclothes police outside of the feds? Are there any years in the 30s in which the New York summer was particularly hot? And, just to be totally random, what popular newspapers in New York in the 30s would have been giving favourable coverage to Hitler, and when would he have started being front page news?
posted by Artw
on Aug 8, 2009 -
My maternal great aunt's husband just died; this guy had been lying to my great aunt for years, claiming they were destitute and living off of her while squirreling away all his money. It looks like he's trying to leave everything to his son, and leave her cold; where can my mother find a good inheritance lawyer in New York City? Neither my mother nor her aunt is rich. [more inside]
posted by korpios
on Oct 26, 2008 -
NYC-Renters-filter. How do I make my management company make the ass-hat neighbors upstairs stop using our patio as an ash-tray. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime
on Sep 16, 2008 -
Can anyone recommend a good NYC criminal defense attorney to help me with a disorderly conduct charge? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 28, 2008 -
Help me figure out to do with myself. I'm an early-30's lawyer with school loans well into the 6-digit range. I live in NYC. I hate what I do, I know what I like and am good at, but have no idea how to get from what I'm doing now to what I need to be doing. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant
on Oct 9, 2007 -
What are the laws in NYC regarding edged weapons (knives, swords) possession in private and in public? [more inside]
posted by clockzero
on Oct 8, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a medical malpractice attorney in NYC?
posted by Gamblor
on Sep 5, 2006 -
parking meters and nyc. the law says 15 ft but lots of people park closer than that. is there a rule of thumb for this kind of thing? how close is too close? i live in brooklyn if that makes a difference.
posted by alkupe
on Dec 4, 2004 -
for the lawyers:
i'm three years from admission on motion in NY (which bar membership has been recommended to me by several folks for various reasons). i may or may not be moving back to WashDC in two years (reciprocity with DC and admisson on motion to VA are not at issue). should i sit for the NY bar or wait out the reciprocity?
what advice for/experiences with changing jurisdictions do/have y'all had?
posted by crush-onastick
on Jul 16, 2004 -