Friday, June 08, 2007

Jamestown's Watson Case

After a break, there have been a couple of articles in the P-J lately concerning the ongoing case of Michael Watson, a former Jamestown Police Department officer who is accused of various stalking/harrassing offenses. The latest is a somewhat novel development, worthy of highlighting. The prosecution has filed an Article 78 proceeding against the judge based on a ruling excluding certain evidence. An Article 78, named for its location in the Civil Procedure Law & Rules (CPLR), encompasses many of the old fashioned "writs" a court could issue to enforce/stay actions when a governmental authority was acting in an improper fashion. The writ of mandamus, known to all Con Law students from the case of _____ (anyone? Bueller?), is just one such example.


Anonymous Dee said...

I'll take a shot.
Marbury v. Madison in 1803

3:33 PM  
Blogger TMT said...

I think we have a winner.

11:57 AM  

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