Teen Defendants in Central NY County Were Denied Right to Consult With Lawyers, US Judge Rules | New York Law Journal

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A federal judge in Albany said the constitutional rights of teen defendants in Onondaga County were violated when members of law enforcement did not allow them to consult privately with their attorneys before appearing in court.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn in the Northern District of New York sharply criticized county officials, who created a policy last year instructing law enforcement to attend those meetings.

“Given how clearly the Sheriff’s policy violates the Constitution, it is unfortunate that this case had to proceed while young people faced arraignments, bail arguments, and motion hearings without the full assistance of counsel to which they are entitled,” Kahn wrote.

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