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Notable Judicial Decisions And Trials




                      PUBLISHED OPINIONS


            As a New York State judge, Harold B. Beeler wrote extensively in the field of matrimonial and family law. His published opinions concern grounds for divorce, interpretation of prenuptial agreements, custody of children, equitable distribution, jurisdiction of New York State courts over divorce cases, and the parental rights of same- sex partners. These published opinions along with a brief summary include:

Guerrrand-Hermes v Guerrand-Hermes(2009)-interpretation of relationship between New York and French prenuptial agreements;

Smith v Walsh- Smith(2008)- “YouTube” divorce trial: husband granted divorce for cruel and inhuman treatment by wife for rant on YouTube video;

Debra H. v Janice R(2008)
-same-sex partner entitled to hearing to determine parental rights to non-biological child;.

A.F. v S.F (2007)
.-discontinuance of divorce case conditioned on retention by court  of jurisdiction over the custody of the children;

Zelman v Zelman(2007)-right of attorney to lien on property subject to equitable distribution;

Kramer v Paronen(2006)-long-arm jurisdiction over financial matters and residence requirements for divorce cases.



            In the more than twenty years that Harold B. Beeler served as a New York State judge, he presided over a number of high-profile trials. These trials along with a brief summary include:

Ferguson v Combs-civil trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs for false imprisonment of his limo driver following flight from Club New York ;

Smith v Walsh-Smith
-“YouTube” divorce trial for cruel and inhuman treatment by wife for rant on YouTube video;

People v Rodriguez
-criminal trial for car-jacking robbery of Queen Latifah, singer and actress;

People v Hirschfeld-criminal trial of real estate mogul for solicitation to kill his business partner;

People v Hubrecht-criminal trial of landlord for murder of his rent-controlled tenant

People v Ko-criminal trial for murder of Korean Columbia Law School student by her boyfriend.




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