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Associated Press, February 14, 2012

NY Chief Judge Backs Broader DNA Testing

New York’s chief judge urged lawmakers Tuesday to require DNA testing for every felony and criminal misdemeanor conviction and to give defendants who plead guilty to serious felonies greater access to genetic evidence from crime scenes…Facing an ongoing home foreclosure crisis, Lippman said the New York City Bar Association is fostering a partnership between mortgage banks and legal services organizations representing homeowners to work out loan modifications to keep people in their homes. Courts in the city are establishing regular settlement conferences dedicated to a specific bank’s cases, starting in a few months.

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