Niagara Gazette

Courts

October 4, 2013

Town of Niagara supervisor charged in 28-count public corruption indictment

Town of Niagara supervisor arraigned on 28-count public corruption indictment

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards let his lawyer do the talking at his arraignment Friday, in State Supreme Court in Lockport, on a 28-count public corruption indictment.

The 18-year town supervisor entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and his defense attorney, Rodney Personius, immediately began to attack the case brought by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

"We did try to work with the attorney general's office to keep this from going forward," Personius said. "Reasonable men differed (on what the evidence in the case shows) and we're happy to let this land in a public courtroom. We now have an opportunity to fully vet this in a proper setting."

Before entering his client's not guilty plea, Personius told Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch Sr. there appeared to be multiple defects in the indictment. The former federal prosecutor and veteran defense attorney said the indictment failed to indict where in New York state Richards' crimes occurred and said some of his alleged crimes were not crimes at the time they may have happened.

Personius also said the statute of limitations may have run out on some of the alleged crimes.

Kloch, himself, noted that a felony theft charge in the indictment seemed to claim that the crime occurred from March of 2002 through March of 2012.

"Either that's the longest theft in all mankind or there's more to be looked at here," the judge said.

Kloch suggested that Personius and state prosecutors would be able to make arguments to him over those issues. Kloch set a December hearing date for those arguments.

Assistant Attorney General Paul McCarthy told Kloch, "This case is ready for trial. The investigation is complete."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Courts
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page