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February 27, 2017 | New York Daily News

Invest, don't prosecute. That was the Manhattan District Attorney's message Monday as he announced a $58 million investment in inner city organizations. Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office will use money obtained prosecuting big corporations for good. "I understand, as well as anybody, that if you really want to reduce...

February 27, 2017 | ABC New York

Money taken from criminal enterprises is being used to help stop criminal activity. It's happening with millions of dollars in New York and several youth programs stand to benefit. $58 million to fight crime comes from criminal funds from international banks that the Manhattan District Attorney went after. "If we want to get serious about safety we need to get...

February 26, 2017 | NY1

Baseball legend Joe Torre spoke about growing up in a violent Brooklyn household...Torre's Safe at Home Foundation and dozens of other community groups were awarded nearly $60 million by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. The money comes from forfeiture funds and settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. The money will now be used to help at-risk children...

February 23, 2017 | New York Post

It would be an enormous “mistake” for Congress to de facto nationalize US gun laws at the lowest common denominator with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

February 17, 2017 | DNAinfo

A teen who opened fire during a fight over a coat at the Bryant Park skating rink, leaving a 14-year-old paralyzed from the waist down, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Cory Dunton, 19, was sentenced Friday after being convicted last month of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and...

February 16, 2017 | New York Times

The officers, Detectives Sasha Cordoba and Kevin Desormeau, were arrested on Thursday and appeared in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Both were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and Detective Cordoba was also charged with first-degree perjury and making a punishable false written statement. The two...

February 15, 2017 | DNAInfo

A Harlem choir teacher was sentenced to up to life in prison Wednesday for sexually abusing two students at the elementary school where he worked, prosecutors said. Darnelle Watts, 29, abused the 10 and 12 year old boys at Promise Academy II between September 2014 and June 2015, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office...

February 14, 2017 | New York Times

Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega stock clerk who confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into a basement and attacking him, was found guilty on Tuesday of murder and kidnapping, a long-awaited step toward closure in a case that bedeviled investigators for decades and changed forever the way parents watched over their children.

A Manhattan jury...

February 14, 2017 | USA Today

As prosecutors, our business is public safety. And our experience at the helm of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence – a bipartisan coalition advancing prosecutorial and policy solutions to the crisis of gun violence in our cities and towns — informs us that people with serious mental illness should not have unfettered access to guns.

February 10, 2017 | Courthouse News Service

Stolen from a burial ground west of Thessaloniki in 1989, an ancient Greek sarcophagus fragment inspired stirring words of praise, poetry and gratitude at a repatriation ceremony on Friday. “Whoever neglects the arts has lost the past and is dead to the future,” Greece’s consul general Konstantinos Koutras proclaimed, prefacing his remarks...