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Retired NYPD detective sues LGBT Network for alleged smear campaign

Author Posted FIOS 1, Cecilia Dowd , Aug 9, 2017, 7:15 pm, Aug 9, 2017, 7:20 pm

Tom Verni says he has been a target since he had a falling out with the organization. Verni’s attorney Anthony Colleuluori says what it comes down to is fraud.

Retired NYPD detective sues LGBT Network for alleged smear campaign _ Verizon FiOS1 News – Long Island


Media commentator and retired NYPD detective, Tom Verni, is suing a local LGBT organization for allegedly creating a Twitter page with his images with tweets that suggest that he sexually molests underage boys.

He is now suing the Woodbury-based LGBT Network, its CEO David Kilmnick, and others for $5 million.

Verni says things first went south at the end of 2014 when Kilmnick and Verni had a disagreement on Facebook over police turning their backs on the mayor at a slain officer’s funeral and Verni was unfriended.

“As a result of that Facebook dust up that we had, that’s when people started coming forward and messaging me saying, ‘hey, do you know what’s going on over there at the LGBT Network?’” Verni said.


Contact Anthony Colleluori, Criminal Defense Attorney at Raiser & Kenniff, P.C.


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Experienced trial attorney with a reputation for winning

Anthony J. Colleluori, a well known New York and Long Island trial and appellate lawyer, has practiced for over 20 years, focusing his practice on Criminal Law; First Amendment & Obscenity; Constitutional Law & Civil Rights; Civil RICO and Federal False Claims Act cases.

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Strategic Criminal Defense from a Former Assistant District Attorney/Former Prosecutor

Located in Mineola, across the street from the Nassau County Courts

When you are facing criminal charges, putting a former Assistant District Attorney and Former Prosecutor on your side is a smart decision. Criminal defense attorneys with experience as prosecutors can anticipate the prosecution’s tactics more readily and counter with an aggressive defense strategy.

Attorney David Haber brings more than a decade of experience in criminal law to every case and applies his expertise to a wide variety of criminal charges, including:

Criminal Assault

Violent Crimes

  • Assault & Weapon Charges
  • Burglary
  • Assault
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homicide
  • Larceny
  • Robbery

Drugs & Alcohol

  • Driving While Impaired by Drugs
  • Drug Charges
  • DWI

Non-Violent Crimes

  • White Collar Crime
  • Forgery

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  • Traffic Offenses
  • Suspended License


  • Juvenile Crimes
  • School Suspensions & Hearings



  • Personal Injury
  • Scaffold Accidents
  • Car Accidents

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Through our blog posts, we hope to provide you with information that helps you increase your understanding of the legal system. This way, you know more about what to expect when charged with a crime.

We’ve launched a new user friendly website that makes it easy to find information. The responsive web development enables you to access our information from any platform, including mobile devices.

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When you trust me with your case, I will personally handle all the details and fight aggressively to protect your freedom. I’ll advise you every step of the way and work diligently to obtain the best possible results.


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Author: Lisa Pelosi: New York Criminal Defense Attorney

Why Woman Lawyer Success?

Lisa Pelosi has been a criminal defense lawyer in NYC and New York State for over 30 years,. She provides top legal defense for people facing misdemeanor or felony charges throughout New York, as well as federal criminal offenses.

She has defended people in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, White Plains, Scarsdale, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh as well as the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk. She also helps men, women, young adults and their families who live or work in Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties.  have also benefited from her extensive legal skills. Lisa’s has extensive skills and in-depth knowledge of state and federal criminal law, and she will put her experience to work for you regardless of the criminal charges you face.

Lisa Pelosi is a former prosecutor with over thirty years experience with criminal defense in New York City

Find a New York criminal defense attorney who will protect your right and fight to keep your record clean.

Lisa’s experience as a former prosecutor and current trial attorney helps her understand both sides of the negotiating table and she works vigorously to have charges dismissed, reduced, or sentence lightened or probation granted. She also knows the benefits of alternatives to incarceration ( ATI ) programs and can work with prosecutors to get her clients into ATI programs, if possible. Above all, Lisa works fights to keep her clients’ records clean and pushes for  minimal jail time.

If you have any questions or looking to talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney in NYC, contact Lisa Pelosi (917) 670-7063

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White Collar Crime – Fraud and Corruption Charges Rock the U.S. Navy

Marianne Rantala,Criminal Defense Attorney

Author: White Collar Crimes Attorney Marianne S. Rantala

If you watched or read the national news this past weekend you probably heard about the shocking charges of fraud and corruption that are rocking the United States Navy. Senior officers were allegedly involved in an overbilling scheme with a military contractor.

Recent scandals like this one and high profile cases like that of Bernard Madoff have made white collar crimes—insider trading, tax evasion, securities fraud, bribery, embezzlement, and so forth— part of our national vernacular. Crimes that used to seem like the stuff of television dramas are now commonplace on the daily news. Public outrage has, in part, led to much longer and harsher sentences for white collar criminals than ever before, mainly due to the extremely high financial losses involved.

But many judges and lawyers, including the American Bar Association, are asking the United States government to review the guidelines, arguing that the existing sentencing guidelines are “fundamentally flawed” and often “shockingly high.”Opponents of the guidelines argue that too much focus is on the losses, and sometimes merely potential losses, and not enough attention is given to other factors, like the defendant’s intent or the actual harm caused by the scheme or crime. Some critics have noted that imprisonment might not be a suitable punishment for “someone…that doesn’t impose a threat to safety for the purpose of deterrence.” Even proponents of the current sentencing guidelines are open to some revisions, in order to reduce sentences.

The outcome of white collar crime cases often hinges on obtaining trusted legal advice and guidance at the outset.  If you have been accused of a white collar crime, you are entitled to representation by an experienced, knowledgeable attorney, regardless of how much money is involved. Whether you suspect that you are under investigation or charges have been filed against you, call our office at 631-543-7667 to arrange a confidential consultation.

NY Criminal Defense Attorney Marianne Rantala: Texting Zones on New York Highways

Author: Marianne S. Rantala

A decade ago, many Americans still did not own cell phones, and most of us had no idea that “text” could be a verb. These days, texting is practically our national pastime. We text message during class, while we eat, when we watch television, and even while we drive. Studies actually show that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

Texting while driving, also known as distracted driving, has become such a problem in New York State, especially amongst teenagers, that in July of this year Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that increased the penalties for these offenses. And just this week, Governor Cuomo announced that there are now “texting zones” on New York highways —areas designated for drivers who need to text or make a phone call, rather than doing so while driving.

Of course, if a driver is pulled over and charged with distracted driving, the penalties are limited to fines, points on their license, and/or suspension of their license. But what if, instead of being pulled over, a driver who is text messaging or otherwise distracted by their cell phone actually causes an accident? What if that accident results in a fatality? Suddenly that driver is facing criminal charges.

When criminal charges are filed against you, consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital to the outcome of your case. Call (631) 864-1144 to speak with New York criminal defense attorney Marianne S. Rantala.

Suffolk County, NY Criminal Attorney :: Fight for Your Traffic Tickets!

Author: Law Offices of David Haber

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On April 1, 2013 the new Suffolk County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency will open its doors to those of us who have, or will receive, non-criminal moving violations, red light tickets and parking tickets. The new Suffolk County agency will finally allow motorists to hire an attorney to negotiate and resolve their cases…..without the need for the driver to personally appear.

Now, the Law Offices of David W. Haber can handle and resolve your tickets at the Suffolk County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency, as well as the Nassau County Traffic Violations Bureau. We will negotiate the best possible deal for you on tickets such as speeding, no insurance, no registration, following too closely, failure to signal, failure to maintain lane, and most other moving violations. Our goal is to help you avoid or reduce points on your license, obtain the lowest fine possible, and avoid an increase in your insurance rates. If you need time to pay a fine, we will ask the Court for additional time to pay.

Until now, we had no choice but to advise clients with moving violation tickets in Suffolk County that the tickets cannot be plea bargained, and that the only thing we could do for them is answer ready for trial and see whether the police officer appears. If the officer appeared, a trial would be conducted.

The Law Offices of David W. Haber can now appear on your behalf, without the need for you to take a day out of your life, work or school to address your tickets in Suffolk or Nassau County. Let our office appear for you and negotiate the best deal possible. If you did not commit the charged offense(s), we can instead aggressively cross examine the police officer or trooper at trial.

My Advice? Do not take a day out of your life, work or school to resolve or fight your tickets. Remember, some tickets take multiple appearances to resolve. Trust our experienced attorneys to skillfully negotiate and resolve your tickets at the Suffolk and Nassau County Traffic & Parking Violations Agencies.

David W. Haber
137 Woodbury Rd.
Woodbury, New York 11797
(516) 367-2264