Niagara Gazette

Crime

February 17, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Ranting about the silence

(Continued)

I thought you might want to know how it came to be that Kloch was recused. After all, this a case brought by the people’s attorney general on behalf of you, the people.

In fact, based on my investigation of the matter, it appeared that the attorney general’s office may have been behind the move.

So I asked the AG’s office if having Kloch kicked from the case was their idea. 

I called the press office, left a message. Crickets.

Then I was able to button-hole Schneiderman’s deputy press secretary at an event in Buffalo. I asked the very pleasant woman if her office had asked to have Kloch removed from the case.

She promised to get me an answer.

A couple of days later, I got the people’s lawyer’s answer: “We can comment on that,” the woman told me. “We can’t on any ongoing case.”

Remember, I wasn’t asking about an ongoing criminal investigation. I was asking about an ongoing criminal case being played out, for the most part, in a public courtroom. 

My response to the woman was to express my amazement that while the AG had plenty to say about Richards when he was indicted, the people’s lawyer now had no need or desire to communicate with his clients about a very important development in the case.

Might I suggest that an agency that demands transparency from all manner of defendants spend a little time looking in the mirror. A little transparency and honesty from the people’s lawyer to the people would be a welcome change.

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