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Top court: Queens prosecutors misled about 'right to remain silent'

The state’s top court ruled Tuesday that the Queens district attorney’s office misled two suspects about their right to remain silent, reversed their convictions and ordered new trials.

New York's Court of Appeals, in a 6-1 ruling, said prosecutors in District Attorney Richard Brown’s office didn’t clearly inform defendants of their right to remain silent in two cases dating back to 2008....

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High court hands Nassau victory in tuition dispute with North Hempstead

Nassau County has won a long-running dispute with local towns over the burden of covering community college tuition.

The state Court of Appeals, in a 7-0 decision issued Thursday, said that Nassau can charge North Hempstead for amounts it paid for local students to attend out-of-county community colleges. At stake was about $1.7 million in annual payments.

The ruling might also impact...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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