Month of: November, 2011
PROJECT SAFE SURRENDER, DRUNK DRIVING, TIPS TO AVOID
I am pleased to announce that my office,
in partnership with the
Under the program, which will take place
December 2-3, at
We hope by bringing the courts to
neighborhood churches, we can provide
The warrants and summons can be resolved for cases in which individuals were charged with any of the following crimes:
For more information, call (718) 250-3888, or click: www.projectsafesurrender2011.org
To view a video including more about Safe Surrender, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhhFX2AaVAM&feature=youtu.be
As the holiday season approaches, many of
us will be attending gatherings with family and friends.
It is a special time of year to celebrate.
Many will enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with dinner
or attend parties where alcohol is served.
I want to stress the importance of being responsible when
you are drinking. If
you are going to be drinking, leave your car at home and don’t
take a ride from someone else who is drinking either.
Have a designated driver or take public transportation or
car service. If you
are close enough to your home, walk.
If you drink and drive, you are not only putting yourself
at risk, you are putting everyone else on the road at risk too.
My office treats drunk driving very
In addition to vigorous
prosecution of drunk driving cases, I have responded to the
deadly problem of reckless and drunk driving among teens by
creating a prevention program called “Choices and Consequences.”
My dedicated staff from the Vehicular Crimes Bureau presents
this interactive curriculum to high school students throughout
Automobile accidents are the number one killer of young people
between the ages of 16 and 24.
Every year, almost 6,000 young lives are lost and another
300,000 teens are injured in motor vehicle accidents.
Don’t make the mistake that some do who believe that it is ok to drive as long as their blood alcohol level is below the legal limit of .08. They think, “Well, I’ve only had one or two drinks. I’m fine.” They couldn’t be more wrong! Although it may be legal to drive if your blood alcohol concentration level is below that rate, it is still not safe to drive after you have consumed any amount of alcohol. Research shows that impairment begins long before an individual reaches that alcohol level.
Even at a blood alcohol concentration level of .02, people exhibit some loss of judgment and experience a decline in visual functions. Whether you are above or below the legal limit, your reaction time is going to be slower. The only safe driving limit is .00 percent.
The real message that needs to be sent to our community is that everyday in this country, there are family members suffering the excruciating pain caused by the selfish acts of a drunk or drugged driver.
must all be careful not to fall prey to scam artists who try to
convince us to invest our hard-earned money with them.
There are many unscrupulous individuals who will tell you
all kinds of lies to get your money and they can be very
phony stockbrokers try to gain your trust, promising you a
fortune by offering you a great opportunity.
A legitimate stockbroker with a code of ethics would not
speak to you that way.
This month, my office indicted a former disgraced stockbroker
who was stripped of his license for misconduct but he kept
cold-calling potential clients, trying to sell them stocks.
He would get people to send him a lot of money to invest.
But he never invested the money.
He just deposited it in the bank.
He ran this securities scam out of his home, stealing
over $200,000 from four victims, including a dentist from
In two instances, he instructed victims to make their checks out to “BORI”, which he said was for the Bank of Rhode Island, where he claimed to hold an account. He told the victims to leave space after “BORI”, for him to fill in an account number, but when
The news articles below may be of interest to you or members of your community.
The New York Times
Supreme Court Looks Again at
Methods of D.A.’s Office in
Each of the cases involves charges of prosecutorial misconduct,
and in particular the failure to turn over crucial evidence to
the defense, a constitutional violation that defense lawyers,
former prosecutors and four Supreme Court justices have said was
at least at one time “pervasive” in the district attorney’s
office here. In the case last year, one of the key issues was
not whether the misconduct took place, but just how widespread
On Tuesday, the justices will hear the case of Juan Smith, who was convicted of
murdering five people here. The court will consider whether he
deserves a new trial because prosecutors withheld evidence from
his lawyers. Such a concealment can be a violation of Brady v.
The Orleans Public Defenders office, in a brief supporting Mr.
Smith, said that 28 convictions obtained by the district
attorney’s office were later ruled to have been tainted by
violations of this kind.
The district attorney’s office disagrees, saying the correct number
is 13. In its own Supreme Court brief, it called such lapses
Anti-Gang Program In Denver Draws Justice Department’s Attention
Gang prevention, intervention and suppression must work together to
keep the problem under control and move people out of the
criminal lifestyle, said Deputy U.S. Attorney General James
Cole, who was visiting the city Tuesday.
“You can’t just fight it by arresting people and throwing them in
jail,” he said during remarks at
Cole came from
The Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver was started by city
officials four years ago and particularly targets youth and
families with multiple generations affiliated with gangs.
City and state officials from police to probation to parole have
met with leaders of parks and recreation, mental-health agencies
and schools to find creative ways to fight the gang problem.