On May 8, 2020, a New York state court ruled that ECBA client Stanley “Skip” Karol may rent out a portion of his Brooklyn home through Airbnb. The court directed the City to return the thousands of dollars in fines it had levied against Mr. Karol and to “[l]eave the poor guy alone.” The City had ticketed Mr. Karol for renting out his basement through Airbnb. ECBA attorneys filed a case challenging the legality of those tickets, and the Court ruled in Mr. Karol’s favor.
A full copy of the decision can be found here. Reporting on the decision appears in the New York Daily News here and in Politico here and here.
Mr. Karol is represented by ECBA attorneys Andrew G. Celli, Debra L. Greenberger, and Andrew K. Jondahl.
On March 12, 2020, ECBA and co-counsel the Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and several NYPD officers on behalf of an anonymous woman, “Jane Doe,” who was arrested and shackled when she was forty weeks and two days pregnant. The minor charges on which Ms. Doe was arrested were ultimately dismissed.
NYPD officers forced Ms. Doe to labor alone in a holding cell at the NYPD’s 75th Precinct in Brooklyn while they celebrated at a holiday party. When officers finally agreed to seek medical care for Ms. Doe, they handcuffed and shackled her to an ambulance gurney and hospital bed. They removed the restraints only just before Ms. Doe delivered her newborn son and replaced them almost immediately after. After her baby was transferred to the NICU, officers would not permit Ms. Doe to visit him without first shackling her legs together.
Medical experts and correctional experts unanimously agree that pregnant women should not be shackled by law enforcement absent the most extraordinary circumstances. Such extraordinary circumstances are limited to situations where a woman poses a significant risk of injury to herself or others that cannot be addressed by less restrictive means.
To read the complaint, click here.
To read a press release about the lawsuit, click here.
To read coverage in the New York Daily News, click here, in the Guardian, click here, or in the Gothamist/WNYC, click here.
ECBA’s Katie Rosenfeld and Andrew Jondahl, along with Anne Oredeko and Anthony Posada of the Legal Aid Society, represent Ms. Doe.