Category: Courts

Judge Cook says Khouzam confession can be used during trial

Judge Cook says Khouzam confession can be used during trial

Yates County Court Judge Jason Cook will allow the confession made by Paul Khouzam to be used in his trial. Khouzam is accused of beating and stabbing his mother to death in Yates County. Both 67-year-old Dr. Magda Daoud, and her dog ... MORE
Courts returning to in-person operations in Finger Lakes

Courts returning to in-person operations in Finger Lakes

Judge Craig Doran says the second phase of reopening means that foot traffic will increase in local courts, as more normal operations resume. This change will begin Wednesday in Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. “The goal of ... MORE
Courts close in Geneva out of abundance of caution after protest threat

Courts close in Geneva out of abundance of caution after protest threat

Judge Craig Doran announced on Monday that courts in Geneva would be closing early due to the threat of planned protests outside those buildings. “As result of information received regarding a planned rally in the vicinity of the Geneva City Court, and ... MORE
Cargill agrees to pay $318K, curb salt dust and runoff into Cayuga Lake as part of bid to settle lawsuit

Cargill agrees to pay $318K, curb salt dust and runoff into Cayuga Lake as part of bid to settle lawsuit

– By Peter Mantius In a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit, Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $300,000 and take steps to minimize salt dust and salt runoff into streams near its salt mine under Cayuga Lake. The company’s ... MORE
Courts return to in-person staffing throughout the Finger Lakes

Courts return to in-person staffing throughout the Finger Lakes

The New York State Court System is returning to in-person courthouse operations this week. They have been closed since mid-March, but now judges and staff are returning. The court will now accept new cases to file electronically. This hasn’t happened since March ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF:

DAILY DEBRIEF: Can virtual courts be held accountable? (podcast)

Are virtual courts held accountable? In the absence of watchdogs and public oversight during hearings, can virtual courts amid the COVID-19 pandemic unhinge judges, public defenders or privately retained attorneys. Judith McKinney, a volunteer with the Geneva Court Watch Committee weighs the ... MORE
Coronavirus, Courts, News
Cuomo will need to have ASL translator at all daily briefings moving forward

Cuomo will need to have ASL translator at all daily briefings moving forward

A federal judge has ordered that Governor Andrew Cuomo add an ASL translator to his live daily briefings. Disability rights advocates sued the Governor earlier in the month. This due to there not being an interpreter on live television. He does have ... MORE
Courts, New York State, News
Yates man accused of stabbing pleads guilty to felony assault

Yates man accused of stabbing pleads guilty to felony assault

A Yates County man pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge last week via a video conference court appearance. District Attorney Todd Casella said Robert Hebding, 38, of Italy, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault, according to the Finger Lakes Times. He ... MORE
Courts, Italy, News, Yates County
Upwards of 20 couples waiting for thousands in refunds as Esperanza Mansion ownership dispute heats up

Upwards of 20 couples waiting for thousands in refunds as Esperanza Mansion ownership dispute heats up

Frustrated. A recent report on RochesterFirst.com highlighted the struggle that a number of engaged couples are going through as they navigate an ownership transition at a local staple, which hosts dozens of weddings a year ordinarily. The historic Esperanza Mansion overlooks Keuka ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Bowman waits for answers from officials in Seneca County

DAILY DEBRIEF: Bowman waits for answers from officials in Seneca County (podcast)

If you were carried away with bruised ribs, a bloodied face and broken nose, you too would be wanting to get answers. Charles Bowman, a Fayette born and raised resident filed a report on March 1st, after being detained by the Cayuga ... MORE
Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls

Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls

– By Peter Mantius A Seneca County judge has dismissed Seneca Meadows Inc.’s three-year-old legal challenge to a local law that requires it to close by December 2025. In an order dated April 28 and emailed to lawyers today, Supreme Court Judge Daniel ... MORE
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Lawyers for SMI threaten litigation, termination of host agreement payments if operating permit not adopted on Tuesday

Lawyers for SMI threaten litigation, termination of host agreement payments if operating permit not adopted on Tuesday

– By Josh Durso Lawyers for Seneca Meadows say they will sue if the Town does not vote ‘yes’ on an updated permit in Seneca Falls. The Town Board is expected to entertain an extension of an annual operating permit, which has ... MORE
Driver who killed two in wrong-way Thruway crash faces over 20 charges in Seneca County

Driver who killed two in wrong-way Thruway crash faces over 20 charges in Seneca County

A Lewis County woman is facing more than 20 counts – many of them serious felony charges – after a fatal DWI crash along the New York State Thruway in Tyre. Heather Seller, 43, was arraigned last week on five counts of ... MORE
Appeal denied in Schuyler County sex abuse case

Appeal denied in Schuyler County sex abuse case

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has rejected a Schuyler County man’s latest attempt to appeal a finding that he had sexually abused his four-year-old daughter and neglected his three minor children. On Thursday (April 30, 2020) ... MORE
Courts, News, Schuyler County
Penn Yan boy allowed to return to school after supreme court ruling

Penn Yan boy allowed to return to school after supreme court ruling

A Penn Yan boy who had previously been banned from going to school after a change in laws around vaccination in New York has been granted entry. News10NBC reports that the state Supreme Court ruled that Thorn Schwartz could return. The 11-year-old ... MORE