Court observation

The argument that I chose to review is The matter of New York civil liberties vs New York police department Council. The argument occurred on November 14th 2018. Essentially the argument is about how judges in the NYPD are interpreting laws that govern Police Officers. The New York City police department council are in favor of a foil request which essentially means that they’re okay with police information being public records. However they believe in certain circumstances there should be a redaction, meaning that they should be able to hide or move certain confidential parts of these texts. Arguments that the Civil Liberties made were that should they have to go in and decide for every case what is or isn’t acceptable to be released, and that this would be time consuming. Or Atleast that I what I got from the 30 minute long video.

What I found surprising/interesting was that there wasn’t already a law against releasing specific information. As I feel this would protect the victim in for example, sex crimes. I like how the lawyers and judges conducted theirselves, they were very respectful and apologized when they miscommunicated or left out crucial information. I found the judges more persuasive because I get no being able or having the power to wave this notion. However the Lawyers made good points too. I didn’t understand however, a lot of the terminology they used and the laws they referred to as they were only referred to by number. I found this important because it just shows how a lot of Law is about memorization and good memory is important to have in court.


1.In Stedmans essay I learned how to not use certain quotes and that readers will get annoyed with the way you utilize your sources. He compared it to a slow driver and made an overall analogy to road rage. Also that readers will judge you and consider your writing sloppy based on how you use your quotes and sources. We also learn that readers do not like it when they read a quote and don’t know what they’re suppose to think about ahead of time. As a solution to this issue Stedman tells us “in the majority of situations, readers appreci- ate being guided to and led away from a quotation by the writer doing the quoting. Readers get a sense of pleasure from the safe flow of hear- ing how to read an upcoming quotation, reading it, and then being told one way to interpret it. Prepare, quote, analyze.” Helping me to understand a new format for utilizing my sources which is to prepare for your quote, utilize it, and explain how it is relevant to your overall writing.

2.One of the quotables in my legal source entry is one that says “The feelings of frustration and marginalization among longtime residents who are displaced by gentrification are magnified as landlords often turn to aggressive and abusive tactics”. When using this quote in my text I utilized his Prepare, quote, analyze format. As in the text I was speaking on how landlords will go to excessive extremes to ensure residents move out of one of their buildings. I then input the quote and finally I discussed said quote and what it meant and what it’s importance was to the text. With it being an example of how gentrification has negatively effected hundreds of people in NYC alone. I believe that in utilizing this format my inclusion of the quote made more sense to the reader, thus satisfying their needs.

Legal source entry

My legal source entry is a Harvard civil rights-civil liberties law review written by Louis W Fisher. Essentially the article focuses on the legalities behind gentrification, and the legal bases of its occurrence. While also applying factual evidence, along with laws and bans in place to inform readers on what is acceptable in the world of gentrification.

The legal source entry begins by informing the reader that since the 1970’s researchers have been studying the phenomenon that is gentrification. They then go on to say that a lot of modern day debates on gentrification focus on the relocation of long time residents and them being left without a home often. This occurs from San Francisco all the way to New York. The paper states “The feelings of frustration and marginalization among longtime residents who are displaced by gentrification are magnified as landlords often turn to aggressive and abusive tactics”. Meaning that not only are citizens impacted negatively by the fact that they are moved out of their homes and onto the streets, but also by how they are treated by people in higher power. An implication of this can be seen in the last source entry in which Ray Tirado’s landlords would not bring in a plumber for his building and essentially let the building fall apart around him in order to get him out of there. Further illustrating the negative effects gentrification can have on individuals.  The text also states that mayor bill de Blasio at the time attempted to do a rent freeze which ended up having little to no real effect, and was thus deemed unsuccessful. Another piece of important information is also presented in which the text explains that landlords who aggressively push buyout offers may be violating § 349 ban against misleading or deceptive acts if they are insinuating that they will not allow said tenet to renew their lease when it expires. Showing that there are laws and bans in place to combat landlords using bad tactics in order to get a tenant to move out of their home or be bought out.

I utilized this last source to provide legal information in order to back up my previous notion that gentrification had many effects whilst also answering my question as to why and how it negatively affects people. If I could ask the writer one thing I would ask if there were any court cases or acts that went against gentrification in general and not allowing landlords to raise prices or move tenants out in general regardless if they give them a notice or there is a buyout.

Homework 09/08/2020

11:20- First alarm goes off which i ignore

11:25- second alarm goes off, I wake up and brush my teeth and wash my face as I’m logging into zoom

11:30-3:30- I’m in zoom while making breakfast and watching my siblings. I take notes and sometimes get distracted.

4:00-I leave my house to go to work

4:30- I go into work

7:30- I go on break usually around this time for 30 minutes

8:00- I come back from break

9:30- I close and go home

10:30-11:30- I shower and eat

11:30- I take time for myself for the rest of the night to watch tv or do anything that needs to be done

1:00- I usually get started on homework if I haven’t found time to do it before

3:00- I go to sleep



Amy Tan

I see a multitude of legal problems presented in the text however i would say the most prominent is how the mother is treated. In the text it states “She said they would not give her any more information until the next time and she would have to make another appointment for that. So she said she would not leave until the doctor called her daughter. She wouldn’t budge. And when the doctor finally called her daughter, me, who spoke in perfect English — lo and behold — we had assurances the CAT scan would be found”. This shows that the authors mother was discriminated against due to her race and lack of proper english, and that upon finding out the daughter could properly speak english only then was she treated right. This goes against the law that one shouldn’t be discriminated against due to their race, religion, sex, etc. Thus being unlawful and showing that discrimination can present itself in all types of ways.

Law in culture review

For my law and culture review i chose the play “The exonerated” by Jessica Blank Eric Jensen. The overall plot of the play is that it follows 6 individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned and did not commit the crimes they were convicted of. The story is comprised of letters, transcripts, interviews, and public records. The purpose of the play is to expose injustice actions committed by the justice system, and to show how flawed it can be for the individuals on trial. One story that stood out to me was that of Robert who was wrongfully imprisoned and convicted of raping and killing a white woman by racist cop. This shows that even before 2002 being wrongfully convicted due to race was a thing. I’d suggest a watch, it would really open your eyes to a lot.

Who I am

My name is Hasani Wright, I major in Law and paralegal studies. I chose to major in this because I love law and the justice system, and have always been curious about what occurs internally. I also believe there needs to be more colored representation working in law. I feel as though one thing you should know about me is that i am deeply involved in the performing arts. I did 7 years of theater and 4 years of musical theater (I also know how to draw). These interests have helped me gain better appreciation for the Arts and the messages that they portray.

You guys are about to find me very weird but I have a couple pets. Mainly reptiles and amphibians which isn’t the weirdest thing but not exactly popular lol. I got to say my favorite pet is my gecko Yamori, named after a Tokyo ghoul character. Oh yeah i like anime also.