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A Young Prisoner’s Dilemma: Freedom or a Risky Shot at Clearing His Name

Prakash Churaman, 21, has been behind bars since age 15, convicted in a Queens murder. But he’s turning down a plea deal that could set him free — and is ready to risk a new trial that could send him away for decades.

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City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

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Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

"Atlas" promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.

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Underdog Queens Republican DA Candidate Calls Himself the Anti-Progressive

Former NYPD officer and criminal defense attorney is hoping to be the first Republican elected to borough’s top prosecutor spot since the 1920s.

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Queens Candidates’ Life or Death Call for More Trauma Care

Borough president hopefuls speak out after our team report reveals gunshot victims are more likely to die the farther they are from a trauma hospital.

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After Primary That Veered Left, Dem Stalwart Katz Lands in Progressive Camp

Melinda Katz’ plans for reforming the Queens District Attorney’s office suggest she picked up ideas from her rival, progressive upstart Tiffany Cabán.

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Tiffany Cabán Lost the Queens DA Race, But She’s Still Running

The insurgent Democrat is talking to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as she mulls next steps, determined not to "waste any of what we built."

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Who’s After Katz? Race for Queens Borough President Is On

A crowded field is already jockeying to succeed Melinda Katz, who just won the DA primary. Tiffany Cabán apparently isn’t among the current hopefuls.

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Katz Wins — Again — as Cabán Concedes in Queens DA Primary

After Board of Elections wrangling on Tuesday still left Borough President Melinda Katz with dozens more votes, Cabán admits defeat in close race.

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Katz Tops Cabán in Recount as Queens DA Fight Starts New Round

Melinda Katz takes a 60-vote lead in Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, but insurgent Tiffany Cabán’s poised for a legal battle.

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Tiffany Cabán Beats Melinda Katz in Latest Fundraising and Legal Spending

The two Queens district attorney hopefuls, locked in a tense recount battle, are looking to high-priced lawyers as they vie to generate donations.

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Tiffany Cabán Raises Volunteer Army of Attorneys in Queens DA Recount

Meanwhile, Melinda Katz hires a top election lawyer as campaigns’ legal strategies differ dramatically in the fierce post-primary battle.

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Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jails

City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.

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Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz Counting Votes — and Cash

The too-close-to-call Queens DA Democratic race heads to an expensive lawsuit and manual recount as both sides look to replenish campaign coffers.

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Katz-Cabán Queens DA Primary Race Heads to Recount

Democratic Party favorite Melinda Katz pulls 20 votes ahead of insurgent Tiffany Cabán after paper ballot tally. Recount — and court fight — on tap.

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Tiffany Cabán Launches Suit on Eve of Queens DA Ballot Count

The manual tally of thousands of paper ballots begins Wednesday as insurgent Democrat Tiffany Cabán maintains a 1,199-vote lead over Melinda Katz.

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As Queens DA Race Goes to Ballot Count, Former Favorite Faces Uphill Battle

With 6,300 paper ballots outstanding, the Democratic primary between party stalwart Melinda Katz and insurgent Tiffany Cabán will run into next week.

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How Tiffany Cabán Went From Nowhere to the Verge of Victory

The insurgent Queens DA candidate rode the progressive wave unleashed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to buffet the borough’s battered Democratic machine.

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Tiffany Cabán Edging Melinda Katz in Close Queens DA Primary

Insurgent progressive emerges to threaten upset against borough Democratic Party favorite. But 3,000 absentee ballots will decide the race.

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Two High-Profile Prosecutions Hover Over Queens DA Race

Heightened attention to Chanel Lewis and Central Park Five trials compels candidates to step up and say how they’d ensure conviction integrity.