Juvenile records are automatically sealed in New York state, so they don't prejudice a prosecutor or judge, but state Sen. John DeFrancisco is proposing an exception. He wants those records be available to court officials if they involve sex crimes.
This week the State legislature passed and the governor signed into law a far-reaching set of prohibitions, restrictions, and tracking mechanisms regarding guns, making New York the first state to change its policies in reaction to the Sandy Hook school shootings.
In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick discusses how effective some of the provisions could be, some possible problems with their implementation, and which ones might be overturned through subsequent court challenge.
The New York State Department of Health regulations outlawing bath salts in New York state come on the heels of several local laws banning the designer drug. The new regulations were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, but there could be more laws coming down the road.
When the Manlius Swans had their eggs destroyed, there were numerous calls and letters demanding justice.
When 20-month-old Rashad Walker, Jr. was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related attack, there was silence.
What does this say about the state of gang violence in the Syracuse area, and the community's numbness - or fear - regarding it? Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick wrestles with this question, and also comments on some of the recent conflicts his office has had with other local public officials.