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Recent articles by Douglass:

Syracuse federal judge remains skeptical of NY gun law as he considers whether to quash it

U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby has already said he finds parts of the state's new gun-control law unconstitutional. → Read More

Rural NY judge boasted about whipping out gun on Black man in court, judicial watchdog finds

A Washington County justice didn't think he'd done anything wrong for years, the commission found. → Read More

Judge: State can’t close Syracuse adoption agency turning away gay couples over Christian beliefs

A federal court ruled that New Hope Family Services had a First Amendment right not to comply with state's anti-discrimination law. → Read More

How man sentenced to 20 years to life for CNY murder was let out and, police say, killed again

Cody Backus, 37, is now accused of fatally beating an 82-year-old man in Fulton who died Monday. → Read More

Syracuse man’s actions have killed 2 men over 30 years. He’s avoided murder convictions both times

Timothy Benack is going back to prison for 12 years in the death of a man on the city's North Side. → Read More

Will your New York marijuana conviction be expunged? The simple numbers to know

Once all the dust settles, most people - estimated at 150,000 people - will have their pot convictions tossed automatically. → Read More

4 ways smoking pot can still cause you trouble in New York state

Federal law still prohibits marijuana use, so users need to avoid any activities that require federal oversight and there are lots. → Read More

Syracuse prosecutor Carla Freedman nominated, poised to become U.S. Attorney in Upstate region

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today she would nominate the Syracuse native for the job. → Read More

With courts shutdown over, why is Robert Neulander’s murder retrial delayed another year?

Robert Neulander's murder conviction was overturned in 2018. Now, his retrial has been delayed until October 2021. → Read More

How do I get a contact tracing job in NY? Work from home in coronavirus battle

A small army of coronavirus tracers will be needed immediately as the state begins to reopen amid the pandemic. → Read More

Schumer: ‘Ridiculously easy’ to curb Syracuse’s spike in untraceable ‘ghost guns’ (List of crimes)

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office to call for a crackdown on 'ghost guns.' → Read More

Marijuana in New York no longer a crime, but still illegal: What you need to know

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law decriminalizing marijuana in New York state. Here's what that means and what you should know before smoking a joint. → Read More

Lawyer: Teen murder witness could be held in solitary confinement until July trial

Zinya Corley is considered a material witness in the murder trial against her mother's husband, Vernon Brockington. But after she took off weeks before his trial, she is now being held with $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond bail. → Read More

Judge praises 30-year-old son's legal research, boots him from parents' house anyway

Michael Rotondo will be required to leave his parent's house, a judge ruled today. → Read More

Police: How Syracuse University student was stopped while planning mass shooting

Xiaoteng Zhan was deported back to China last month. → Read More

DA: Father owned unlicensed gun that 10-year-old used to accidentally kill brother

The victim has been identified as Shaleek Carrears, 9. → Read More

Judge: No way woman can pay back $86,000 stolen from taxpayers, despite avoiding jail

Tammy Banack admitted stealing from the state's Medicaid and pension systems. → Read More

'I was scared to death': Teen chained up with dead chicken around neck tells story

Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin. → Read More

A Syracuse baby is killed, but no one is punished

Baby Nataliah Trumble's killer remains unknown. → Read More

Last-minute DA challenger: 'A lot of people' are behind me in taking on Fitzpatrick

Irene Aurora Flores said she's going to mount a challenge for DA., citing support from others. → Read More