Manhattan Judge Seals 300 Cannabis Cases

曼哈顿法官查封300起大麻案件

2019-08-15 00:13:10 Ganjapreneur

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A Manhattan, New York Supreme Court Justice has ordered the sealing of more than 300 cannabis possession cases following a successful class action petition brought in part by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Legal Action Center, Community Service Society, the Legal Aid Society, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service and pro bono counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. The affected class members have convictions for low-level possession with no other misdemeanor or felony convictions anywhere in the state, who have no New York convictions for the last 10 years, and have no other pending charges or undisposed arrests. The relief is permitted under a 2017 state law that allowed people to apply to have their criminal records sealed after at least 10 years have passed. To date, just 1,279 individuals have had their records sealed under the program; the Manhattan D.A.’s office estimates that at least 600,000 people are eligible for relief under the program. In a statement, Manhattan DA Cy Vance, Jr. supported legalizing cannabis – which failed to get a vote in the legislature last session despite support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo – adding that there is “no reason a conviction for smoking or possessing marijuana should follow New Yorkers for life.” Last year, Vance dismissed 3,072 cannabis-related cases dating back to 1978. Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez has also proposed erasing at least 20,000 cannabis convictions. “I was honored to work with defense providers to seal these records and remove unnecessary obstacles to employment, housing, education, and other opportunities for hundreds of New Yorkers. This class action transforms New York’s complicated sealing laws by making sealing proactive, instead of requiring people who are eligible for sealing to navigate a complex application process.” – Vance, in a press release Despite lawmakers not passing cannabis legalization reforms, they did pass a law raising the threshold for cannabis possession under the state’s decriminalization law. That bill, signed by Cuomo last month, included provisions to automatically expunge low-level cannabis crimes from criminal records. Basima Hafiz, Supervising Attorney at New York County Defender Services, said that the “War on Marijuana” had a disproportionate effect on “vulnerable communities in New York City,” making it harder for minorities to get “good jobs, safe housing, and affordable student loans.” “But the state legislature can and must act quickly to legalize cannabis for personal use and expunge the records of all people previously convicted of marijuana offenses,” she said in a statement. “Piecemeal litigation like this is only a Band-Aid – legalization, expungement and community reinvestment are the cure.” According to 2018 New York City arrest statistics, 89 percent of those arrested for cannabis possession in the Big Apple were black or Hispanic – just 8 percent were white.
在曼哈顿地区检察官办公室、法律行动中心、社区服务协会、法律援助协会、纽约市郡辩护律师服务中心提出的集体诉讼申请中,纽约曼哈顿最高法院已下令查封300多起大麻持有案。邻里辩护律师服务和公益律师 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 。 受影响的阶级成员被判低级别占有罪,在该州任何地方都没有其他轻罪或重罪定罪,他们在过去10年中没有纽约的定罪,也没有其他未决的指控或未发现的逮捕。 根据2017年的一项州法律,这种救济是允许的,该法律允许人们在至少10年后申请将其犯罪记录封存。到目前为止,只有1279人的记录被密封在该计划下;曼哈顿地区管理局估计至少有60万人有资格获得该计划下的救济。 Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr .在一份声明中支持大麻合法化——尽管得到了政府的支持,但大麻在上一届立法会议上未能获得投票。安德鲁·库莫( AndrewCuomo )补充说,“没有理由相信吸烟或拥有大麻应该追随纽约人的生活。” 去年,万斯驳回了1978年以来与大麻有关的3072起案件。Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez 还提议废除至少2万例大麻定罪。 “我很荣幸能与国防供应商合作,为数百名纽约人密封这些记录,消除就业、住房、教育等方面的不必要障碍。这一集体行动通过主动密封改变了纽约复杂的密封法律,而不是要求有资格密封的人导航复杂的应用程序。”– Vance 在新闻稿上 尽管议员们没有通过大麻合法化改革,但他们确实通过了一项法律,提高了根据国家非刑事法拥有大麻的门槛。上个月,库莫签署了该法案,其中包括自动将低级大麻犯罪从犯罪记录中删除的条款。 纽约州辩护律师服务公司( New York County Defender Services )监督律师 Basema Hafiz 表示,“关于大麻的战争”对“纽约市脆弱社区”造成了不成比例的影响,使少数族裔更难获得“好工作、安全住房和负担得起的学生贷款”。 她在一份声明中表示:“但州立法机构可以而且必须迅速采取行动,将大麻用于个人用途,并将此前被判定犯有大麻罪行的所有人的记录予以删除。”“像这样的小规模诉讼只是一次集体援助——合法化、驱逐和社区再投资是解决办法。” 根据2018年纽约市的逮捕统计,在因大苹果大麻而被捕的人中,89%是黑人或西班牙裔,只有8%是白人。

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