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The dormant commerce clause helps Brooklyn in cannabis licensing battle

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The dormant commerce clause helps Brooklyn in cannabis licensing battle

BROOKLYN — Brooklyn may finally get its first recreational weed dispensary after the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan lifted part of an injunction on Tuesday that had prevented cannabis regulators from issuing licenses for recreational dispensaries in some parts of New York. This decision removes a barrier for the state’s rollout […]

Staten Island man sentenced up to four years for anti-LGBTQ+ hate crime in Flatbush

FLATBUSH — A Staten Island man has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for committing a hate crime against two people in Flatbush. The defendant, identified as Aaron Richard, struck the victims with a metal object while shouting anti-gay slurs at them. He knew at least one of the victims. “Attacks victimizing […]

Donald Trump indicted; expected to surrender early next week

Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, a historic reckoning after years of investigations into his personal, political and business dealings and an abrupt jolt to his bid to retake the White House. The exact nature of the charges was unclear Friday because the indictment remained under seal, but they stem from payments […]

Our world in photos: March 31

           

Trump lawyer says he won’t be ‘put in handcuffs’ following criminal indictment

Following the historic revelation that Donald Trump will become the first former U.S. president to be indicted on criminal charges, his attorney said in a Friday morning TV interview that he won’t be placed in handcuffs when surrendering to police next week.

News that a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Trump first broke late Thursday. It came after a months-long investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office into alleged hush money payments by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to ex-adult film star Stormy Daniels — who Trump allegedly had an affair with prior to being elected president in 2016.

In a Thursday night statement, Bragg’s office said it’s working with Trump’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, to coordinate his arrest — which will likely take place next Tuesday

According to a report from Politico, the DA’s office had originally wanted Trump to surrender on Friday — March 31, but was rebuffed by the former president’s legal team, who said his secret service detail needed more time to prepare.

NYPD walking through security protocols outside Manhattan Criminal Court for when the Trump indictment is unsealed next Tuesday. Friday, March 31, 2023.Photo by Lloyd MitchellDuring an ABC News interview on Friday morning with George Stephanopoulos, Tacopina made clear the former president — who’s also currently vying for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election — “won’t be put in handcuffs,” but didn’t rule out a perp walk or mugshot.

“I’m sure they’ll try to get every ounce of publicity that they can from this thing,” Tacopina said. “The president will not be put in handcuffs.”

As the details of the indictment are still unknown, Tacopina said he’s not sure what to expect when Trump turns himself in at Manhattan Criminal Court in lower Manhattan next Tuesday besides an arraignment, where the charges will be formally unsealed. 

But Tacopina indicated Trump plans to plead not guilty before aggressively filing motions challenging the case’s legality.

“This is unprecedented in this country’s history, I don’t know what to expect other than an arraignment,” he said. “You know, we’ll go in there, we’ll proceed to see a judge at some point, plead not guilty, start talking about filing motions, which we’ll do immediately and very aggressively, regarding the legal viability of this case.”

Police officers milling around outside Manhattan Criminal Court following news of former President Trump’s indictment on criminal charges. Friday, March 31, 2023.Photo by Lloyd MitchellAdditionally, Tacopina said, given the possibility of civil unrest surrounding Trump’s surrender to the authorities, law enforcement will be shutting down city blocks around the courthouse on Tuesday.

“I understand they’re gonna be closing off blocks around the courthouse, shutting down the courthouse,” he said.

News of the forthcoming charges follows Trump predicting earlier this month that he’d be arrested on March 21, a date that came and went without an indictment. That prediction also included a call to his supporters to “PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” on his media platform — Truth Social, coupled with a barrage of attacks against Bragg and his investigators, characterizing them as politically motivated.

Local enforcement has been on high alert since Trump foretold his own arrest, but Fabien Levy — a spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams — said on Friday that there are currently no “credible threats” to the city.

“The mayor is in constant contact with [Police] Commissioner [Keechant] Sewell about all public safety issues affecting the city,” Levy said in a statement. “The NYPD continues to monitor all activity and there are no credible threats to the city at this time.”

Marian Call, a demonstrator celebrating former President Trump’s indictment outside Manhattan Criminal Court. Friday, March 31, 2023.Photo by Lloyd MitchellMeanwhile some New Yorkers are celebrating Trump’s imminent arrest. 

Standing outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday morning, Marian Call — who was dressed up in a hush money themed costume — told amNewYork Metro she’s been protesting Trump for four years and is celebrating his indictment.

“I am here to celebrate him being indicted,” Call said. “The important thing is that we hold powerful men accountable.”

Former Sunset Park man sentenced to prison for brutally attacking former girlfriend: DA

A former Sunset Park resident has been sentenced to prison for violently beating and attempting to murder his former girlfriend, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Friday.

In 2016, 59-year-old Jun Zhang violently beat his then-girlfriend for hours, repeatedly stabbing her and slashing her throat, according to the DA’s office. Seven years later, Zhang was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. On March 31, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice E. Niki Warin sentenced the defendant to 17 years in prison and five year’s post-release supervision.

On August 23, 2016 at around 4 a.m., Zhang accused the victim of cheating on him before pushing her onto a couch, pulling her hair and threatening her with a knife. He continued to abuse his then-partner for several hours, pushing her to the floor, punching, kicking and stabbing her.

Eventually, Zhang sliced her neck multiple times with a knife before, then dragged her into a massage room at the massage parlor he managed at the time and left her on the floor.

Evidence further showed when the defendant returned, he placed his fingers under the victim’s nose but she held her breath and pretended to be dead. 

After Zhang left the parlor, the victim made it to the street where she collapsed. Two people called 911, reporting that a woman was covered in blood. Emergency personnel responded to the call and rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where she was treated for brain bleeding, a liver laceration, collapsed lungs, deep lacerations to her neck and puncture wounds to her chest. 

“This was a life altering assault that the victim survived because of her will to live for her children.  She showed tremendous courage by coming to court and testifying against her abuser and detailing the many physical and emotional traumas she suffers to this day,” District Attorney Gonzalez said in a statement. “I also commend our prosecutors for their commitment to bringing the defendant to justice.”

Doctors testified in trial that the victim had lost 30 to 40% of her blood in the attack.

The defendant fled New York but on May 10 2021, he was arrested in connection with a shooting in California. That case was not prosecuted — however, Zhang’s fingerprints triggered the New York warrant for his arrest.  He was soon extradited to Brooklyn to stand trial.

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Man struck in both legs during Brooklyn shooting: cops

A 28-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities responded to a 911 call of a shooting at around 4:30 p.m. near East 105th Street and Flatlands Avenue in Canarsie. Upon arrival, officers from the 69th Precinct found the victim with gunshot wounds to both legs.

The victim was taken by EMS to Brookdale Hospital, where he was expected to recover.

The suspect allegedly fled the scene in a black Nissan by way of East 105th Street. No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

The NYPD’s Evidence Collection Team processed the scene on Saturday, where they discovered more than a dozen shell casings.

Officers from the 69th Precinct investigate as EMS attends to the victim.Photo by Lloyd MitchellYear-to-date, reported shootings in the 69th Precinct — where Saturday’s incident occurred — are down 42%, according to Police Department data. Shootings remain down boroughwide as of March 26, when the most recent NYPD data is available.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Our world in photos: March 30

           

Brooklyn Bird Watch: March 31

Today Brooklyn Bird Watch features a close-up, portrait style photo of the Canada Goose (sometimes called the Canadian Goose) by Heather Wolf. Known for their V-shaped formation and loud familiar honking sound during migration flights, these large long-necked birds have a complex relationship history with humans. While they are admired, they are also feared (if […]

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens experienced dramatic population declines in 2022 as Manhattan rebounded

Three of Gotham’s five boroughs saw some of the largest population declines in America last fiscal year, with only Manhattan bucking the post-COVID trend, according to US Census data released Thursday.

Cow Captured After Running Through Streets in Brooklyn – NBC New York

Cow Captured After Running Through Streets in Brooklyn  NBC New York

Число раненых при взрыве на встрече с Татарским в Петербурге возросло до 16

Сам военкор погиб.

Александр Дугин прокомментировал гибель Владлена Татарского

Философ заявил, что на глазах у всех творится история настоящих русских святых.

Количество пострадавших при взрыве в кафе Петербурга возросло до 19

После гибели военкора Владлена Татарского Следком РФ возбудил дело об убийстве.

Некоторые страны ОПЕК сократят добычу нефти с мая по конец года

Общий объем сокращения может составить более 1,5 млн баррелей в сутки.

Появилось видео дарения статуэтки Татарскому, где могла быть заложена бомба

Взрывчатка была начинена поражающими элементами.

Беглов сообщил о 25 пострадавших при взрыве в кафе в Санкт-Петербурге

19 из них госпитализированы.

Luna Park in Coney Island opens for 2023 season – News 12 Bronx

Luna Park in Coney Island opens for 2023 season  News 12 Bronx

NYPD: 67-year-old man fatally shot in Brooklyn; no arrests – News 12 Bronx

NYPD: 67-year-old man fatally shot in Brooklyn; no arrests  News 12 Bronx

Police: Man found fatally stabbed in elevator in Crotona Park – News 12 Brooklyn

Police: Man found fatally stabbed in elevator in Crotona Park  News 12 Brooklyn