Todd Kaminsky is an American attorney, and politician from the state of New York. A Democrat, he is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 9th district, which is based on the South Shore of Long Island.
Two men committed a double murder in rural Maine in 1990. Only one pulled the trigger. The state prosecutor decided to try them separately, but that was a mistake, and both were acquitted. Then the Feds came in, and sentenced one man to life in prison for a crime he was already acquitted of doing. How is this possible in America? The answer is a loophole in criminal law. Today we examine that loophole by looking at the Thanksgiving Day murders in Maine, and the constitutional challenges this loophole has survived over the years. Guest voices include Sharon Mack, Gerald Leonard of Boston University Law, Judge Frederic Block, State Senator Todd Kaminsky, and Matthew Noah Smith of Northeastern University.In Slate Plus, Barry talks to Matthew Noah Smith of Northeastern University and Mark Schroeder of USC on whether John Rawl's distinction between procedural and substantive justice can help tell us whether and why the practice of sentencing on unconvicted conduct is just or unjust. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The just-passed state budget was the first big test for Democrats who now have control of the New York State Senate and Assembly. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky joins News 12's Stone Grissom in the studio to talk some highlights of the spending plan, which include the controversial congestion pricing, a ban on plastic shopping bags, a permanent 2% property tax cap and a nearly 4% increase in state education spending. (Conversation record April 3, 2019)
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Long Beach, New York, United States of America
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