Superstorm Sandy leaves closed courtrooms, trial delays, sunken ship in its wake while New York bar groups offer assistance
Hurricane-slash-Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across large swaths of the United States, particularly New York and New Jersey, this past week. Among the disarray left in its wake is the court system.
But not all the news was bad.
Bar groups organize to offer assistance
New York bar groups have begun mobilizing pro bono assistance for those affected by the disaster according to the Connecticut Law Tribune.com.
In a conference call, representatives of several bar groups today discussed how to help victims of the storm and how firms whose offices were damaged by the storm can restore their practices. Read more.
Courts adjust to post-Sandy conditions
The federal court in Manhattan has put criminal cases on hold, and a judge issued an order extending deadlines in pending criminal cases until Monday and deadlines for grand jury action until November 12, Reuters reported.
Working in a courthouse with no electricity, the judge said, "I actually came in thinking I could do some work." Read more.
Supremes work on despite storm
The U.S. Supreme Court kept keeping to its oral-argument schedule and heard cases through Wednesday, a court spokeswoman told the news media.
This despite the fact that the rest of Washington D.C. was shut down. Read more.
Court closures delay Wall Street trial
The U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan, has been closed for the week as a result of the storm, delaying jury selection in a Wall Street insider-trading trial, Bloomberg reports.
The New York court near Foley Square is operating on emergency generator power, and the district’s satellite courts in White Plains and Middletown, north of New York City, are open, the story reported. Read more.
Coast Guard to investigate sinking of tall ship HMS Bounty
The Coast Guard announced today it will conduct a formal investigation into the sinking of the HMS Bounty off the coast of North Carolina, the News & Observer reports.
According to the paper, the investigation will explore every aspect of the accident and will try to determine the cause of the accident; whether a failure of material or equipment was involved; and “if any misconduct, negligence, inattention to duty, or willful violation of the law on the part of any licensed or certified person contributed to the loss of life.” Read more.