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New York Times Editorial featured Dyson student Konner Ezra in "Keep the Trains and Buses Running"

01/21/2021

New York Times Editorial featured Dyson student Konner Ezra in "Keep the Trains and Buses Running"

The coronavirus pandemic is jeopardizing the long-term health of the public transit systems that provide a crucial circulatory system for major American cities — particularly for lower-income residents who depend on trains and buses to get to work, the market or the doctor. Konner Ezra, 21, said it’s simple really: Public transit makes it possible for him to live in New York City. If service stops being frequent and reliable, he would leave the city. Mr. Ezra, a psychology student at Pace University, rides the train every weekday to classes or to an internship. He said he worries about his health, and he tries to be careful, wearing a mask and gloves and washing his hands, but he said he has no real alternative.

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The New York Times featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Weinstein's Acquittal on Some Charges May Hamper Appeal of Sex Crimes Conviction"

02/27/2020

The New York Times featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Weinstein's Acquittal on Some Charges May Hamper Appeal of Sex Crimes Conviction"

Bennett Gershman, a professor at Pace Law School in New York, said the Molineux testimony in Weinstein’s trial seemed to have been used simply to strengthen the prosecution’s case, rather than for the limited purpose of proving an element of a crime that the prosecution could not otherwise prove.

He called that a “radical extension of Molineux in New York.”

Evidence of uncharged crimes cannot be used to show a defendant is predisposed or has the propensity to commit a crime. Courts make exceptions, including using such evidence to show a defendant's intent or a signature pattern.

Gershman said David Allweiss's conviction for the 1973 murder of Carol Hoffman in Manhattan was a classic use of Molineux witnesses for a limited purpose -- identifying the killer.

Six women testified that Allweiss told them the same peculiar story that his wife had been raped before he sexually assaulted each victim.

Moments before Hoffman's murder, she called her boyfriend to tell him a strange man had entered her apartment, saying he was looking for his wife's rapist.

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The New York Times featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "After Conviction, Weinstein Has Roadmap for Appeal"

02/25/2020

The New York Times featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "After Conviction, Weinstein Has Roadmap for Appeal"

"My guess is they're going to argue the judge went too far, allowed too many of these witnesses to testify," said Bennett Gershman, a former prosecutor and Pace University law professor.

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NY Times featured Pace University in "5 sites that show how much lower Manhattan has changed"

01/24/2020

NY Times featured Pace University in "5 sites that show how much lower Manhattan has changed"

Newspaper Row

Park Row

In the late 19th Century, the city’s mightiest newspapers stood shoulder to shoulder across from City Hall, their proximity an implicit promise to hold that building’s occupants accountable.

The first to go up, in 1858, was The New York Times Building at 41 Park Row. It started out a mere five stories, but later bulked up to the Romanesque granite-and-limestone tower it is today. To ensure that there was no interruption in covering the news, the bigger building was erected around the smaller one. At the end of the construction, the old building’s exterior walls were removed.

Next to the Times was the Tribune Building, and then came the New York World Building, presided over by publisher Joseph Pulitzer, whose office was in its copper-domed top. The district, sometimes called Printing House Square, also included other publications.

Only the Times Building. which became a city landmark in 1999, remains (though the paper itself decamped to Midtown long ago). The tower is owned by Pace University, which recently renovated the lower floors into light-filled spaces that include an art gallery.

The basement, however, looks much like it did when the newspaper’s printing presses still rumbled.

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The New York Times featured Dyson’s Film Screen Studies Associate Professor Catherine Zimmer in "Who’s Watching Your Porch?"

01/21/2020

The New York Times featured Dyson’s Film Screen Studies Associate Professor Catherine Zimmer in "Who’s Watching Your Porch?"

“The traditional voyeuristic peephole in film suggests the person being watched is under threat,” said Catherine Zimmer, the chair of the film studies department at Pace University and the author of “Surveillance Cinema,” a book about representations of surveillance in movies. “The peephole makes the person looking through the peephole into the vulnerable one.” One is Norman Bates; the other is Jim Carrey’s cable guy.

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The New York Times featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law professor Bennett Gershman in "Weinstein Must Tread Carefully in Rape Trial Defense, Experts Say"

01/21/2020

The New York Times featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law professor Bennett Gershman in "Weinstein Must Tread Carefully in Rape Trial Defense, Experts Say"

Bennett Gershman, a former Manhattan prosecutor, said that consent would likely be the heart of Weinstein's defense.

"I think he’s going to try to show that these women were trying to ingratiate themselves with this powerful Hollywood mogul, that they were not victims, that they were willing participants in various sexual encounters," said Gershman, a former prosecutor who is now a law professor at Pace University.

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