Joseph Tacopina

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Family of Actress Killed in Hit-Run Holds Vigil on Her 22nd Birthday

Roxana Sorina Buta's killer must be brought to justice, lawyer Joseph Tacopina said.

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Actress in Union Square Hit-Run Killed by City Driver, Family Says

Roxana Buta's mother said police told her a city employee is under investigation for the hit-and-run.

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Friends and Family Mourn Actress Killed in Union Square Hit-and-Run

Roxana Sorina Buta's mother and friends held a vigil for her at the Union Square site where she died.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Second Ex-Police Officer Acquitted of Rape to Remain Free on $35K Bail

Franklin Mata, 29, was allowed to stay out of jail on $35,000 bail on Monday pending his appeal.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Kenneth Moreno Spent Night in Jail After Judge Refused to Sign Bail Bond

Attorneys for Kenneth Moreno said the convicted ex-cop was forced to spend the night in jail after a judge refused to sign off on his $125,000 bail bond.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Kenneth Moreno Still Faces Heroin Possession Charges, DA Says

Kenneth Moreno was indicted on charges he had heroin in his NYPD locker, but it's unclear whether prosecutors will pursue it.

East Village & Lower East Side »

HBO Footage Could Force Mistrial for Cops Acquitted of Rape, Says Lawyer

A defense attorney for an officer acquitted of raping a woman in the East Village has obtained additional footage from HBO.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Cops Acquitted of Rape Seek Delay in Sentencing on Misconduct Conviction

Lawyers for Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata say they need more time before sentencing due to "legal issues."

East Village & Lower East Side »

East Village Flyers Slam 'NYPD Rapists' Despite Acquittal

The flyers show the faces of the two police officers who were found not guilty of raping an East Village woman.

East Village & Lower East Side »

The CSI Effect: Lack of DNA Evidence Spared Cops Accused of Rape

Thursday's verdict highlights how an absence of forensic evidence can make or break a criminal case, lawyers said.

East Village & Lower East Side »

'Rape Cops' Accuser May Have Had Equivalent of 15 Drinks, Toxicologist Says

Toxicologist Michael McGee testified that the alleged victim may have been unable to move.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Cop Accused of East Village Rape Admitted Using Condom, DA Says

A cop said he used a condom on the night he allegedly raped a drunk woman, according to a recording played in court.