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Washington Post

Fighting War and for Custody

Army Sgt. Stephanie Greer was serving with a vehicle-maintenance unit in the volatile Iraqi city of Ramadi, part of President Bush’s “surge” strategy to stabilize the country, when she learned of a far-off and most unexpected battle: Her estranged husband …

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The Saratogian

Achieving New Heights: Local Attorney State’s First Space Officer

Lawyers in space? Well, maybe not yet, but local attorney Mathew Tully recently took one giant step for the legal profession. Tully, a partner at Tully Rinckey, a law firm with offices in Albany and Washington D.C. specializing in military …

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Tully Rinckey PLLC & Albany Family Court Children’s Center

For the second year in a row, Capital Region law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC has joined Albany County Family Court in ensuring a merry Christmas for local families through participation in the Court’s eighth annual Adopt-a-Family program. The program is …

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Local Attorney Graduates from Prominent Military Space Program

Tully Rinckey PLLC is pleased to announce that founding partner Mathew B. Tully, Esq. has successfully graduated from the clandestine National Security Space Institute (NSSI.) Tully is one of the few attorneys and the sole English solicitor to have attended …

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Army Times

Analysts: ‘Fragging’ Verdict Shows System Works

A soldier’s exoneration in the bombing deaths of two superiors in Iraq shows military juries are not just “rubber stamps” for commanders and can be independent thinkers, legal analysts said Friday. A Fort Bragg jury on Thursday found New York …

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The Lower Hudson Journal

Widows of Fragging Victims Said They Had Refused to Consider a Plea Deal

The widows of two Army officers slain in Iraq three years ago said they had refused to consider a plea deal for the soldier accused of killing their husbands because they wanted the truth to come out. That man, Staff …

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Experts: ‘Fragging’ Verdict Shows System Works

Legal experts say a military jury’s acquittal of a New York Army National Guard sergeant accused of killing superiors shows the military justice system works. A Fort Bragg jury acquitted Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez on Thursday of two counts of …

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The Lower Hudson Journal

Families Wonder if Slain Soldiers Would Have Lived if Threats Had Been Reported

As the jury deliberates whether Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez is guilty of murdering two superior officers in Iraq, their families wonder if their loved ones would have lived if alert soldiers had voiced their misgivings about the accused. Witness after …

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Martinez Not Guilty

It’s one of the first fragging cases of the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez of Troy, and member of the 42nd Infantry Division, stood trial for the murder of two Superiors: Captain Phillip Espisito of Suffern and Lt. Louis …

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Capital News Channel 9

Greg Rinckey Reacts to Acquittal of National Guardsman

Military Attorney Greg T. Rinckey reacts to acquittal of National Guardsman in court martial murder trial.

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Capital News Channel 9

Closing Arguments in Martinez Case

The prosecuting attorney arguing the case in the trial of Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez says witness testimony proves the soldier’s guilt. The Troy-area soldier is accused of killing his two superior officers in Iraq by detonating a mine in their …

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Whistle-blower Files Claim Against FAA

An air traffic controller who told authorities that the Federal Aviation Administration covered up safety issues at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has filed a discrimination claim charging the agency with refusing to promote her because of her complaints. Anne Whiteman …

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Hanft Appointed as Legislative Assistant to Troy City Council

Tully Rinckey PLLC is pleased to announce that Richard Hanft, Esq. has been appointed to the position of Legislative Assistant to the Troy City Council. The City Council works with the executive branch of government within the city to enact …

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Whistleblower at DFW Files Claim Against FAA

A controller who reported that the Federal Aviation Administration covered up safety issues at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has filed a discrimination claim. Anne Whiteman claims the agency refused to promote her because of her complaints. Whiteman is seeking $800,000 …

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CBS 11 Dallas

FAA Whistleblower Alleges Employer Retaliation

Whistleblower Anne Whiteman has filed a claim against the Federal Aviation Authority, alleging that she was discriminated against after reporting that the agency was hiding safety violations at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Whiteman works as an air traffic control …

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El Paso Times

Whistleblower Files Claim Against FAA

An air traffic controller who told authorities that the Federal Aviation Administration covered up safety issues at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has filed a discrimination claim charging the agency with refusing to promote her because of her complaints. Anne Whiteman …

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Greg Rinckey on WGY Radio

Greg T. Rinckey discusses USERRA and veteran employment rights with Al Roney of WGY on Veterans’ Day.

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Bradenton Herald

Area Veteran Suing Car Dealer

A Sarasota man is suing an area car dealer, claiming it violated his employment rights as a veteran employee. Army Sgt. Andrew Mobley, 30, says Gettel Automotive Group, with dealerships in Bradenton and Sarasota, discriminated against him and fired him …

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Tully Rinckey PLLC Named One of the Best Places to Work

Tully Rinckey PLLC has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in the Capital Region” by The Business Review for 2008. This is the third time since 2005 that the law firm has been honored with this achievement. …

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The Daily Gazette

Officer Widows Testify in Murder Trial of First Soldier in Iraq Accused of Killing Superiors

The widows of two military officers killed by an anti-personnel mine in their quarters in Iraq testified briefly Thursday in the court-martial of the New York National Guard soldier charged in their deaths. Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 41, of …

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The Lower Hudson Journal

Court-martial Begins in Suffern Army Captain’s Slaying

Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was conducting a “personal war within a war” when he planned and executed the murders of his two superior officers in Iraq in 2005, the prosecution said in opening statements in Martinez’s death penalty court-martial. Capt. …

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USAtoday

Fort Bragg Trial to Start in ‘Fragging’ Case

The court martial of the first soldier accused of killing a direct superior in Iraq — known as “fragging” during the Vietnam War — opens Wednesday, three years after a suspicious blast tore through the living quarters of two National …

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Albany Times Union

Sergeant’s Trial Starts Tuesday

National Guardsman Alberto Martinez could face death penalty if convicted in killing of 2 officers The next U.S president could decide the fate of Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez of Schaghticoke. The 40-year-old National Guardsman from Rensselaer County will go on …

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The Record

On the bright side: Tully Rinckey donates $1,000 for children

Tully Rinckey donated $1,000 in support of the 2008 Greater Capital District Ride for Missing Children. The event honors the memory of missing children and aims to increase public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and …

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Tully Rinckey PLLC Donates $1000 to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Tully Rinckey PLLC is pleased to announce its donation of $1000 in support of the 2008 Greater Capital District Ride for Missing Children. The event honors the memory of missing children and aims to increase public awareness of the plight …

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Tully Rinckey PLLC Ranks Among Top 10 Law Firms in the Capital Region

Tully Rinckey PLLC was recently named one of the Top 10 largest law firms in the Capital Region of New York State by The Business Review. The firm ranked eighth among 50 other law firms within the area. Tully Rinckey …

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Tully Named as One of Few American Attorneys Admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Tully Rinckey PLLC, a full-service law firm in the Capital Region, is pleased to announce that founding partner Mathew B. Tully, Esq. has been admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales as a solicitor. With one billion dollars …

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Human Resources Executive Online

Conflict Overseas, Conflict at Work

The motto “one weekend a month, two weeks a year” used to be a powerful marketing tool for the U.S. Army National Guard, but Sept. 11, 2001 changed all that. As of January 2008, the total number of National Guard …

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Ruling Expands Veterans’ Access to Federal Jobs

A recent decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board could open hundreds of law enforcement and other jobs to veterans who previously bumped up against age restrictions during the application process. MSPB ruled on July 2 that the State Department …

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The Daily Gazette

Classes Aid Men New to the U.S.

Artan Serjanej understands how difficult it can be for new immigrants to navigate the thicket of unfamiliar laws they encounter when they move to America. Now 43, Serjanej fled the Eastern European country of Albania as a young man, arriving …

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NPR

Independence Day Show: The Laws of War

In honor of the July 4th holiday, we thought it would be appropriate to do a show discussing the laws surrounding war. The way war is fought today is very different than how it was fought during the American Revolution, …

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EEO Rulings to Get Tougher, Quicker

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week proposed allowing agencies to experiment with newer, quicker ways of processing equal employment opportunity complaints. “Often agencies are in a good position to tell us what works best for them,” said Equal Employment …

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Albany Times Union

Cost of War, in a Field of Flags

A woman’s 5-acre plot is designed to show number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq At work, Caren Crootof delivers babies. At home, she tends a field devoted to the dead. Between shifts at her job as a midwife, Crootof …

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Albany Times Union

A Rocky Start for Veterans Project

Vietnam returnees say part of “early intervention” message demeaning A Saratoga County project that would anticipate legal difficulties of troubled returning military members started badly after some veterans questioned its function and called part of its message demeaning. Other veterans, …

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Letter to the Editor: Incorrect

I recently read an article incorrectly titled “Employers Could Be Indicted for Servicemen Discrimination.” An employer will never be indicted for violating the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA. In order to be indicted, a formal accusation …

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Business_Review

Pension Probe Snags Area Law Firms; Others See Chance to Sign New Clients

The timing could hardly have been worse for the education lawyers at Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C. in Albany. Each spring, law firms bid to retain or win new contracts to provide legal services to Capital Region school districts. In mid-April, …

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The Daily Gazette

Letter About Vets Draws Apology

Saratoga County’s top defender and prosecutor are working on a project aimed at helping returning war veterans, but a message about the effort has offended some people in the community. Public Defender John Ciulla and District Attorney James Murphy III …

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Albany Times Union

Iraqi Translator Gets Help From Officers

Two state Army National Guard officers recognized an Iraqi woman, who was an Arabic translator for the U.S. Army for more than four years, as deserving to become one of the chosen few to take advantage of a Special Immigrant …

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Capital News Channel 9

Iraqi Translator Taken in by War Veteran and Family

“I don’t even know how I’m still alive,” said “Sarah,” an Iraqi interpreter. Meet “Sarah,” one of thousands of interpreters risking her life, and her family’s, to help translate for U.S. soldiers in Iraq. “Many of my friends got killed …

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Associated Press

Iraq Veterans Help New Immigrants

Bullets whizzed past as “Sarah” translated for U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Shrapnel from a roadside blast hit her protective vest. In her off hours, she worried about retribution for helping the Americans. A sign reading “traitor” was posted on her …

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Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs Can Get Lost in Paperwork

Robert Traut works on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, known for big bears and a remoteness that can be reached only by airplane or ferry from his home and family 300 miles away. And that’s a positive development. Traut has the frustrating …

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Washington Business Journal

Tully Rinckey Opens Office in D.C.

Tully Rinckey PLLC opened its new law office in Washington, D.C., today in an attempt to expand its work with federal employment and military law. The office is located on K Street, the legendary location of many government lobbyists. Attorney …

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Albany Times Union

New Immigration Lawyer Has Walked the Walk

Tully Rinckey PLLC of Albany has added immigration law to its practice. The company hired Artan Serjanej, previously a New York City-based attorney, who not only practices immigration law but is an immigrant himself. Serjanej entered the United States in …

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NPR

Soldier Loses Custody of Child After Iraq Tour

Advocates for military families say a growing number of soldiers are losing custody of their children, not because they’re bad parents but because they’ve been deployed overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. A bill signed by President Bush last month strengthens …

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Returning Troops Still Face USERRA Violations

As a federal correctional officer for the DOJ in Washington, D.C., Mathew Tully took pride in protecting the public from convicted felons. But in October 1995—only two months into his job—Tully, a member of the National Guard, was called to …

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Albany Times Union

Her Toughest Battle

Tanya Towne says she lost everything in Iraq, starting with physical custody of her first child. Before Towne’s 2004 deployment, a Montgomery County Family Court judge gave her son, Derrell Diffin, to her first husband because she was being sent …

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Capital News Channel 9

Soldier Returns Home to Custody Battle

Tanya Towne couldn’t wait to finish her mission in Iraq to return to her mission back home as mom to two young sons. While she was deployed, her youngest lived with his father, Towne’s husband at the time. Custody of …

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Lawyers Volunteer to Help Military Families Cope

As it has after every military action since the Gulf War, the Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service is deploying to help military families untangle the legal maze that can be their personal affairs, upon the return stateside of their …

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FederalDaily

Court Decision May Imperil Servicemembers’ Custody Rights

A Jan. 3 ruling by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in a child custody case could have a wide-ranging impact, undermining the rights of parents enlisted in the reserves. In the case, Diffin v. Towne, …

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The Leader-Herald

Local Mother Who Served in Iraq Says She Will Fight for Custody of Her Son

An Iraq war veteran said Monday she will continue to fight for her son after losing an appeal for his custody last week. The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruled against Canajoharie resident Tanya Towne in her appeal …

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    In an effort to raise awareness about heart disease in women, Tully Rinckey PLLC was proud to support National Wear Red Day on February 4, 2011. Employees were encouraged to wear red and donate to the American Heart Association, which …

  • A “Warm” Holiday Gift From Tully Rinckey PLLC

    In the holiday spirit the firm donated 28 coats to homeless veterans living in a transitional shelter in Albany this morning. Photos are below of Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Albany Housing Coalition’s Executive Director Joseph Sluszka, residents of the …

  • Tully Rinckey “Goes Purple”

    In an effort to help Shine a Light on Domestic Violence, employees at Tully Rinckey PLLC are “going purple” for a good cause. The law firm held it’s first-ever “Go Purple” day, where employees were encouraged to wear purple and …

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