How Did a Man Accused of Attacking Lee Zeldin Go Free Without Bail?

The decision to release the suspect was seen by some Democrats as a ploy to fuel Mr. Zeldin’s anti-crime campaign as he runs for governor of New York.

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Bodega Clerk Who Fatally Stabbed Man Will Not Face Charges

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s district attorney, said murder charges against Jose Alba could not be proven. Mr. Alba’s supporters said he acted in self-defense.

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An Interview With San Francisco’s New District Attorney

Brooke Jenkins, who helped lead the recall of her predecessor Chesa Boudin, will be sworn in on Friday.

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In States Banning Abortion, a Growing Rift Over Enforcement

A reluctance by some liberal district attorneys to bring criminal charges against abortion providers is already complicating the legal landscape in some states.

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Likelihood of Trump Indictment in Manhattan Fades as Grand Jury Wraps Up

The Manhattan district attorney is continuing to investigate Mr. Trump, but knowledgeable people say charges are unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future, if ever.

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Alvin Bragg Says He’s Not a Politician. Is That the Root of His Trouble?

The Manhattan district attorney has had an uncommonly tumultuous first three months on the job, drawing criticism from all over the political spectrum.

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Why Hundreds of New York City Prosecutors Are Leaving Their Jobs

New burdens, low pay and pandemic malaise prompted the resignations of a fifth of the legal work force in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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Yale Museum Surrenders Items as Part of Art Looting Investigation

The 13 artifacts, valued at more than $1 million and all from South Asia, were given to investigators who say some of them are linked to an accused antiquities smuggler.

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Trump Is Guilty of ‘Numerous’ Felonies, Prosecutor Who Resigned Says

Mark F. Pomerantz, who had investigated the former president, left after the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, halted an effort to seek an indictment.

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How This ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Balances Politics and Public Safety

As his peers around the country face fierce criticism, Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, is navigating a narrow path so far.

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Adams Wants Tougher Bail Laws. Can He Get Other Democrats to Agree?

Mayor Eric Adams will need buy-in from prosecutors, judges and a Democratic-led State Legislature that may balk at some of his tough-on-crime prescriptions.

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Give the Manhattan D.A.’s Crime-Fighting Policies a Chance

Studies show public safety improves when prosecutors turn to alternatives to jailing some offenders.

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Conflict Quickly Emerges Between Top Prosecutor and Police Commissioner

A memo by New York City’s new police leader sharply questioned Manhattan’s new district attorney over his strategy for prosecuting crime.

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New Prosecutors Are Reopening Old Cases Against Police Officers

District attorneys around the country are investigating officers in cases their predecessors had handled, raising the ire of police unions that say it undermines public safety.

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George Gascón Is Remaking Criminal Justice in L.A. How Far Is Too Far?

To keep people out of prison, George Gascón is risking everything: rising violent crime, a staff rebellion and the votes that made him district attorney.

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They Publicized Prosecutors’ Misconduct. The Blowback Was Swift.

Grievances against 21 Queens prosecutors shared publicly online prompted a rebuke from the city, and has led to a lawsuit that raises questions about accountability in the justice system.

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Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry

The investigation, by the Westchester County district attorney’s office, increases the legal scrutiny of the former president and his family business.

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Antiquities Dealer Admits Mass-Producing Fakes He Sold for Years

The owner of a longtime Manhattan gallery said in court that while some customers thought they were buying ancient items, they were actually modern knockoffs, just made to look old.

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N.Y. Prosecutors Weigh Charges Against Another Trump Executive

Matthew Calamari, the chief operating officer at the Trump Organization, is under scrutiny. His son testified before a grand jury Thursday.

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‘Nobody Believed Me’: How Rape Cases Get Dropped

While the Me Too movement led to greater awareness about the prevalence of rape, prosecutors in New York City still struggle to prove sexual assault accusations.

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No Prosecutorial Experience? These D.A. Candidates Say That’s an Asset.

Tahanie Aboushi, Eliza Orlins and Dan Quart are running behind a broad rethinking of how the criminal justice system should work.

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Lucy Lang Sought Change at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office. Now She Wants to Lead It.

Lucy Lang has spent most of her career as a criminal-justice reformer. But is she too close to the system to bring about real change?

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New York’s Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization

The move increased the investigative muscle looking into the former president and his family business.

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Review: In ‘Philly D.A.,’ a Reformer Prosecutes the System

The gripping PBS documentary series is a richly detailed look at what happens when an idealist gets actual power.

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Wall Street Is Donating to Tali Farhadian Weinstein. Is That a Problem?

Tali Farhadian Weinstein built up a $2.2 million war chest with help from hedge fund managers, far more than her rivals in the Manhattan district attorney race.

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A Detective Was Accused of Lying. Now 90 Convictions May Be Erased.

The Brooklyn district attorney will move to dismiss old convictions in which a former narcotics detective, accused of perjury in Manhattan, played a key role.

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8 Candidates Compete for a Job That May Involve Prosecuting Trump

Who will be the next Manhattan district attorney? The race is dominated by low-profile progressives who could reshape law enforcement in New York City.

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Cyrus Vance Will Not Run Again for Manhattan D.A.

The decision by Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney since 2010, sets off a scramble for the office and makes it likely a new prosecutor will inherit an investigation into the former president’s business.

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They Spent 24 Years Behind Bars. Then the Case Fell Apart.

A judge threw out the convictions of three men who spent decades in prison. Defense lawyers accused the Queens district attorney’s office of withholding crucial evidence.

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Garbage Truck Driver Is Charged in California Fire That Killed 2

The driver, Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, is accused by the authorities of dumping a burning load of trash that sparked a deadly fire in 2019 that also destroyed more than 70 structures.

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New Prosecutor Does Not Want Rayshard Brooks Case

Pointing to the conduct of the district attorney she defeated last year, Fani Willis concluded her office should not pursue the case against a former Atlanta officer who killed Mr. Brooks.

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Queens Prosecutors Ignored Misconduct for Years. Can a New D.A. Change That?

In her first year as district attorney, Melinda Katz has led major culture shifts in the borough. But some hope for more.

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Imprisoned Nearly 15 Years, but Now Cleared of a Murder He Didn’t Commit

A Nashville judge vacated the conviction of Joseph Webster after a collaborative investigation produced new witnesses and evidence.

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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

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‘Top Cop’ Kamala Harris’s Record of Policing the Police

Senator Harris is speaking out amid the police reform movement. But how did she oversee police misconduct as a district attorney and attorney general?

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San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Is Charged With Second-Degree Murder

Deputy Sheriff Aaron Russell, 23, is accused of fatally shooting Nicholas Bils, 36, an unarmed man who escaped from a park ranger’s vehicle.

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Texas Prosecutor Resigns Over Facebook Post About Nazi Germany

The post, shared last week by Kaylynn Williford, was criticized for appearing to equate protesters against racism and police brutality with Nazis who “tore down statues.”

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He Spent 25 Years in Prison for Murder, but Was Innocent All Along

“Everyone in the criminal justice system failed you,” a judge in Queens told Samuel Brownridge as he vacated his conviction because of new evidence.

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After Rift Over Protests, N.Y.P.D. Pulls Out of Prosecutors’ Offices

The police commissioner said the timing had nothing to do with the prosecutors’ decisions to drop charges against certain protesters, but it seemed to reflect a growing divide.

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Autopsy Shows Ahmaud Arbery Was Shot Twice in the Chest

The autopsy report, which also showed Mr. Arbery had no drugs or alcohol in his system, came as activists renewed their protests against prosecutors’ handling of the investigation into his death.

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For Those Who Must Enforce Coronavirus Lockdowns in California, the Decisions Are Wrenching

Angela Alvarado, a veteran prosecutor in the Santa Clara district attorney’s office in California, has to weigh safety, freedom and the law as she fields complaints about stay-at-home violations.

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