NYLJ: The Right to One Phone Call – But No Tweets

Ken Strutin

New York Law JournalNovember 16, 2010


Earlier this year, New York joined those states by amending the Criminal Procedure Law to expressly require that arrestees have the right to make a phone call.

While this new mandate is a major step forward, it does not address a technological reality that for most people landlines have given way to mobile phones. Today, cellular devices have become lifelines, and this is particularly important for suspects who need to consult with counsel or seek assistance from family and friends at a crucial time.

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Lawyer Appearing Pro Se on Tax Matter Denied Attorney’s Fee as Prevailing Party

DOJ v. Hudson, 09-3600-bk

Finding no reason to depart from our reasoning in Pietrangelo or Hawkins, and joining our sister Circuits that have considered this provision of the IRC, see McCormack v. United States, 891 F.2d 24, 25 (1st Cir. 1989) and United States v. McPherson, 840 F.2d 244, 245 (4th Cir. 1988), we hold that lawyers appearing pro se who prevail in administrative or court proceedings against the United States are ineligible for attorneys’ fees under IRC ァ7430.

DOJ v. Hudson, 09-3600-bk (full text)