New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

July 30, 2015– New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a 33-page decision in the case of the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

Justice Jaffe denied habeas corpus relief to Hercules and Leo only because, as she wrote, “for now” she is bound by the intermediate appellate court decision in Tommy’s case, which is before the Court of Appeals seeking further review. 

Read the decision here.

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NSBA issues guide on the impact of Obergefell same-sex marriage decision on school districts

Historic SCOTUS ruling; Obergefell by G-A-Y

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with two other key education groups, has issued a guide, titled “Same Sex Marriage – What the Obergefell Decision Means for School 

Districts,” 

It discusses the legal impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473451 (June 26, 2015), on local school board policies.

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Inside Google Translate – Google Translate

See the world in your language with Google Translate

Google Blog: “The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate–a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screen […]–

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Marks to Replace Prudenti as Chief Administrative Judge | New York Law Journal

Judge Lawrence Marks will assume the post of chief administrative judge on Friday, succeeding A. Gail Prudenti as the lead day-to-day manager of New York’s court system.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday that Marks’ appointment was made with the approval of the administrative board of the courts, which is composed of Lippman and the presiding justices of all four Appellate Division departments.

Marks had been widely seen as the likely successor to Prudenti, who announced her retirement this week after 23 years on the bench, including more than three years as chief administrative judge, to head the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law (NYLJ, July 28).

Marks was formally made Prudenti’s understudy in 2012 when he was named first deputy chief administrative judge. Until that time, the position had been open for five years, since Ann Pfau was promoted to chief administrative judge by then-chief judge Judith Kaye.

In all, Marks has worked for the courts for 24 years, with stints as administrative director of the Office of Court Administration (2004-11), special counsel to the chief administrative judge (1998-2003) and OCA’s deputy counsel for criminal justice (1991-97).

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Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202733373195/Marks-to-Replace-Prudenti-as-Chief-Administrative-Judge#ixzz3hJ9Z3dYr

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ACRIS Property Transfer Tax Calculator

The ACRIS calculator is specifically for the 5 counties in NY City http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/CP/CoverPage/CalculateTaxes

New York title insurance & transfer tax calculator-William A. McDonald

Easily calculate the New York title insurance rate and NY transfer tax; including the mansion tax. Information on the New York closing cost calculators will be added soon. Title insurance rates are regulated by the State of New York, therefore, title insurance rates will be the same between title insurers. This calculator should be useful for the mortgage lender seeking information on New York’s closing costs for GFE purposes. This calculator is designed for one to three family residential owner occupied homes. This New York title insurance calculator appears to function correctly; however, it is still under going testing

Read more: http://www.anytimeestimate.com/TITLE_INSURANCE/ny-title-insurance.htm#ixzz3h1XTIrlL

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Google Launches New Patent Search – beSpacific

Google: “With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.  You can still access the old Google Patents and the Prior Art Finder.

Read more about Google’s latest offering on beSpacific.

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