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Current Law Students / New York State Traffic Laws/Procedure Question
« on: March 06, 2005, 10:07:00 AM »
Hi there.  This question is geared primarly towards students studying in or familiar with the traffic laws of the state of New York.  I'd really appreciate any input you guys have.

My roommate recently pleaded Not Guilty to a (rather trumped up, in my opinion) speeding violation near the town of Colonie, NY.  Here's the story:

My roommate was driving from NYC to Saratoga Springs, NY.  When she merged onto US-87 from the NY State Thruway, she encountered a good deal of traffic.  She immediately moved to the left lane to get away from the traffic that was exiting (US-87 has 3 lanes in that area).  Immediately in front of her was a state trooper.  Due to her preoccupation with changing lanes, she missed a speed limit sign that read 55 mph.  The thruway limit was 65 mph.  For the next five or six minutes, she followed behind the state trooper, all the while waiting for an opportunity to move back to the middle lane, as she didn't feel comfortable driving behind a trooper for a prolonged period of time.  I believe her having to wait so long to move back to the middle lane demonstrates two things: the high volume of traffic and the relatively identical speeds at which vehicles in the middle and left lane were traveling.  As it turned out, the trooper changed into the middle lane, and my roommmate continued at 65 mph, as she was still under the assumption that speed limit had not changed between the thruway and US-87.  The trooper then slowed down while in the middle lane, and my roommate took the opportunity to get out of the left lane (and in front of the trooper), because there was traffic tailing her that was even faster than 65 mph.  3 minutes after moving into the middle lane, my roommate pulled into the far right lane, intending to take the next exit so she could get a better look at the map she was using to navigate to Saratoga.  As soon as she pulled into the right lane, the trooper turned on his lights/siren, and pulled my roommate over.  He asked her why she had been tailing him at 85(!)mph "back there."  She maintained that she was going nowhere near 85mph, stating that she made sure not to go over the limit of 65.  The trooper then laughed at her and told her that the limit was actually 55.  He then wrote her a ticket for a 85 in a 55.  My roommate says "he was a jerk the entire time" (yes i know that has no bearing on this case, but thought I'd mention it).

My roommate agrees that she is at fault for not noticing the change in speed limit.  However, she states there is no way she was going 85, as she kept looking at her speedometer, wary of the fact that she was behind a trooper.

Court summons were received in the mail today.  Trial date is at the end of the month.  She is a physician that is on call the night before, and won't be able to get to Colonie in time (it's a three hour drive).  I'm fairly certain that she'll fit the "good cause shown" clause and get a postponement.  Here are some questions that I'd appreciate input on.

-If the trooper was indeed travelling 85mph, was he required to have his lights/siren on?
-Not to mention, if he was travelling that fast, the volume of traffic dictates that the cars in FRONT of him were travelling that fast as well.  I find it hard to believe that he chose the car directly BEHIND him at random to charge with speeding, and only after she had already travelled a few miles and slowed down, changing lanes to the right twice.
-Does the trooper's decision to pull my roommate over approximately 10 miles after she initially merged onto US-87 have any bearing on this case?  My initial inclincation is to say "No" as the trooper's jurisdiction lies within the entire state of NY.
-I'm from TX, and we can request jury trials for any fines > $25.  What's the rule in the state of NY?  If she can play the system and piss off the judge by requesting a jury trial, she will.  (Would this request be denied due to an "untimely nature"?)

Any and all responses are appreciated.


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / columbia
« on: May 06, 2005, 02:09:15 PM »
received letter at permanent address.  letter sized envelope, thin.  had my dad read it to me.

this concludes my admissions cycle.  wow, i got my ass kicked.

hook 'em horns.

Choosing the Right Law School / Still waiting on Columbia...
« on: May 04, 2005, 06:49:21 PM »
I called the admisssions office today, and they said they still hadn't made a decision on my application.  I can't believe we're well into May and they're still not done looking at all the applications.  The person on the phone said "maybe next week?" in a rather meek voice, and made it sound like a question when asked for an estimate of wait time remaining.  Then the USPS will take their time getting me the letter. 

Anybody want to take the over on waiting till Memorial Day?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Chicago
« on: April 25, 2005, 04:11:45 PM »
plain white envelope with single page.  got it in the mail today.  interesting, since nyu waitlisted me...

still a longhorn pending outcomes at havard, stanford, and columbia ( of you's could use me! :-)


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Penn
« on: April 20, 2005, 10:36:30 AM »
Received decision via email, responsed as advised (direct reply to email).

I've now been WLed at NYU, Michigan, Penn, and Duke...though my LSAT is spectacular, I felt that I my solid soft factors, essay, and great recommendations could push me in somewhere.

As of now I'm a future Longhorn, but it's frustrating being so close yet so far.  There must have really been record numbers of applicants this year, or at least that's what I'm telling myself for consolation when I see people with numbers just like me or even lower apply earlier and get in.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / NYU waitlist
« on: April 18, 2005, 04:06:12 PM »
Received manilla envelope in mail today.  Will mail letter stating I want in tomorrow.  Sucks to be so close yet so far.  Applying late killed me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Extremely late decisions...?
« on: April 03, 2005, 01:04:43 PM »
So we're into April and I still have eight pending files, all of which went complete over a month ago if not more.  The schools pending are the higest ranked that I've applied to (Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, Michigan, Penn).

Should I assume I'm going to be rejected these schools?
Will I even hear from them?
Is it common for acceptances to come in April?

I have deposits due on April 15th, and I'm sure most of you do as well.  Where do I stand?

Anyone in the same boat as me?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Berkeley says "No Thanks"
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:10:46 PM »
They sent the letter to my permanent address, and it arrived today.  So did I for that matter, since I flew in for the long weekend.

The letter said there were 30 applicants for each spot in the enterring class.  That puts their acceptance rate at under 4%...that can't be right, can it?

Sure, it's my first rejection, and it's disappointing.  But there's always tomorrow, and more schools to hear from  ;D

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / $ at Houston
« on: March 22, 2005, 07:06:10 PM »
$5,000 per year Dean's Merit Scholarship.

Got the letter today, dated three days ago.  The letter stated that since my residency is under question (I was in-state during undergrad at UT, but have been working in the Northeast since July), I'll be considered out-of-state until otherwise proven.  I'm not concerned about that though, since the residency officer states I'll be considered a TX resident the moment I set foot on TX soil again, which will obviously be prior to the first day of class should I decide to go to UT. 

However, the letter doesn't state that my offer of admission is CONDITIONAL upon my establishing residency.  I think that means I currently fit into the 20% out-of-state admits, which is pretty damn flattering.

Unless one of the big boys (top 3 or 5) come calling, it's gonna be mighty tempting to spend another three years close to home (Houston) in one of most chill, laid-back, fun cities on the planet...and then there's the cheap student tickets to ncaa athletics :-)

Texas! ................ Fight!

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