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  • Ryan Blanch defends his client in front of 6 judges – NY State Court of Appeals

    May 18, 2017

    Top-rated criminal defense attorney Ryan Blanch of The Blanch Law Firm defends his client charged with murder by pointing out mistakes by the prosecution – Westchester County Courthouse April 2017.

  • Ryan Blanch rated as “Preeminent” – Martindale-Hubbell Reviews 2017

    May 11, 2017

    Ryan Blanch rated as “Preeminent” – Martindale-Hubbell Reviews 2017 New York City criminal defense attorney Ryan Blanch of The Blanch Law Firm has been awarded the prestigious “AV-Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the 4th year in a row, with a rating score of 5.0/5.0. The designation is “Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence” […]

  • Rights for Prisoners

    May 24, 2017

    Chelsea Manning is due to be released from prison this month, thanks to Mr. Obama’s commutation of her sentence right before he left office. She announced that she was transgender while in custody, and – for the first time in a military prison – she went through hormone therapy and last fall the Army even […]

  • The Blotter 5.20.17

    May 20, 2017

    Welcome to the second installment of the blotter, where the blog collects some of the most unique, weird and dumb crimes around the world. First up – Virginia. At least seven cats in the Roanoke area have been shaved on their lower abdomens – some being shaved multiple times. Police have been informed but they’re […]

  • Traffic Fines and Jail Time

    May 16, 2017

    Most people assume that jail time is reserved for people who commit pretty serious crimes: theft, robbery, drug crimes, or worse. However, a new trend (or maybe just a newly-studied trend) is growing, where people who simply fail to pay fines associated with minor traffic violations are languishing in jail. This has disproportionately affected communities […]

  • FGM

    May 11, 2017

    Crimes, by their very nature, often occur in the shadows, beneath detection of regular people. For certain crimes, they are even more secretive – rarely reported, rarely prosecuted, and often with stigma attached to its victims. Rape, sexual assault are some examples; however, one crime that is rarely recognized in the United States is that […]

  • Pardons & Expungements

    May 5, 2017

    The Trump administration has had no shortage of controversy and speculation, and some of the latest is whether (and when) Mr. Trump would use his powers to pardon anyone associated with his camp who might be convicted of crimes, particularly as they relate to Russia. The Obama administration in its last days pardoned dozens of […]

  • Abuse of Prisoners

    May 1, 2017

    The prevalence of violence against defendants and suspects while in police custody has seemed to grow in recent years, particularly with the advent of cell phones, and advocacy/watch groups such as Black Lives Matter. What is less publicized is what happens once the defendant is convicted and sentenced, spending their days in state’s custody. In […]

  • Professional Athletes & Crime

    April 28, 2017

    Professional athletes are everyday heroes, idolized by children and grown men for their incredible prowess. Unfortunately, men who are lauded, young and with a huge influx of cash at their fingertips often have problems breaking up with their sometimes checkered past, and many professional athletes have faced their fair share of facing prosecution in our […]

  • Social Media & Crime

    April 24, 2017

    Smart phones are ubiquitous. Social media is an inherent element in almost everything we do – eat, shop, meet, date – and now, even commit crimes. This truth has never been more palpably felt than the bizarre and tragic murder in Cleveland, recorded on Facebook Live. Steve Stephens approached an elderly man at random, with […]