A list of all the cases our D.A. D_ve has mishandled...
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#1 Oct 18, 2013
Well there's The murder of young Garrett Phillips for starters, oh how could we forget about the hundreds of thousands of dollars( over half million all together) BLOWN on trying to convict Wayne Oxley not once, not twice but three times of a murder he had nothing to do with. You may have seen wayne around town busting his a*s, making the burg a prettier place on one of his many projects since he was found NOT GUILTY. lets here some more, the list goes on and on
#2 Oct 18, 2013
The gene Lawton murder on ford street in Ogdensburg was actually one of her more successful trials... Two out of the three men charged were found not guilty. 1 for 3,not to bad. ohhh theres many, many more
#3 Oct 18, 2013
My point is, im sure theres many things our current D.A. would be good at, prosecuting cases is not one of them.
#4 Oct 18, 2013
St. Lawrence County jury finds Lugo not guilty on all counts in ATM theft
By W.T. ECKERT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013
Joseph C. Lugo
Joseph C. Lugo
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CANTON — It took a jury 53 minutes to find the DeKalb man charged with the November theft of an ATM from St. Lawrence University’s bookstore not guilty on all counts.
Charged with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence, Joseph C. Lugo, 24, was accused of having worked with Brandon D. Crandall, 22, of Canton to steal an automated teller machine from the Brewer Bookstore on Nov. 17.
Crandall pleaded guilty to the same two charges for his involvement in the crime as a part of a deal that required him to testify against Mr. Lugo.
That plea will dismiss potential felony drug charges and allow Crandall an opportunity to plead down to misdemeanor charges if he successfully completes a one-year interim probation term. His testimony was heard Oct. 11.
But jury forewoman Mishelle K. Yaddow said it was the inconsistencies in Crandall’s testimony as well as other testimony given over the last week that resulted in the jury’s finding Mr. Lugo not guilty on both charges.
Mr. Lugo’s attorney, Mary E. Rain, who said she took the case pro bono, said it was obvious that the district attorney’s office was unable to meet its burden of proof.
“Their star witness was an admitted liar who brought in his buddies to back up his lies,” Ms. Rain said.
She said that Crandall had gotten a “sweet deal” and that he had been a criminal before his involvement in the ATM theft as he was an admitted dealer and grower of marijuana.
Crandall and his roommate, James C. Edwards, of Rochester, who also testified, were arrested by St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force members on Nov. 20 for being in possession of approximately a pound of marijuana and other drug-related paraphernalia and weapons.
“Investigator (Christopher) Flint, in the middle of interviewing Crandall, called the DA, who said if Crandall continued to cooperate with police, things would get better for him,” Ms. Rain said.“That’s when Lugo’s name came into the picture.”
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts said that while he still strongly believes Mr. Lugo was guilty of the charges against him, all he could do was present the evidence and leave it in the hands of the jury, which, he said, in this case disagreed with him.
“My job is to represent the people, and that includes Mr. Lugo, so if this is the jury’s result then it is a fair and just result and I’m satisfied that I did the best I could,” Mr. Botts said.“A jury of his peers heard the evidence and disagreed with me. That’s the system and I have every faith in it.”
Mr. Lugo’s mother, Suzan L. McDermott, said while she was very happy about her son being acquitted of the charges, she had every faith that he had been innocent.
She added that Ms. Rain’s help was “a gift that I could never thank her enough for.”
“So many people I spoke to said he had been involved in this,” Ms. McDermott said.“I never really had any belief that he did this. I think all mothers hold to the high belief that their children wouldn’t get mixed up in something like this.”
Mr. Lugo is still being held in Essex County Jail on other charges.
State police at Ray Brook said that Mr. Lugo and Crandall attempted to cut open an ATM located at an NBT Bank location in the town of North Elba, Essex County. No money was removed in that Nov. 10 incident, but the machine was heavily damaged, troopers said.
He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief in the Lake Placid case.
#5 Oct 18, 2013
I sometimes wonder if our DA is as embarrassed for herself as I am for her.
#6 Oct 23, 2013
What happened with that new York city dealer? Did he get a stiff sentence?
#7 Oct 24, 2013
Why did Raymond Bjork get 33 yrs for rape people get less time for murders,so how long are you making him wait for his appeal he's only had it on your desk for 3 years let Mary take over your spot and he'll get it she thinks he's innocent you can't rape the willing. That was totally bullshit if you ask me cause how many other guys did she accuse of the same thing you need to get all your shit inone hand Basket. Comein Mary and win this Election my votes on you never would I vote for dive after I let's trial hell no !
#8 Oct 28, 2013
I'll tell you why. Because when Dan Manor ask Ray to Testify Against Wayne Oxley He said "Hell No". Than Manor said "You will be sorry" Not only did Dan Manor want him to Testify he wanted him to make a story up on how Oxley Had told him That he had Murder Tricky. Just ask Ray.
#9 Oct 28, 2013
You go Frankie :)
#10 Oct 30, 2013
Problem is FRankie your a bit off in your math. The total exoeditures for the 3 trial was around $150,000.00. Sorry to bust your bubble.
#11 Oct 30, 2013
You are WRONG. That might be the number for the defendant's first two trials. How about the Third? Court Time? Court officers? Jail time? Correction Officer Time? Jury Pay? DA Time? I'm sure I'm forgetting some on. But you keep believing what you want. DUMBASS.
#13 Oct 31, 2013
Lets see shall we
Court Time? Already paid for, It wouldn't cost anything as the state/county already pays for the court to be there 5 days a week.
Court Officers, State paid anyway.
Jail Time,$8.00 a day
Correction Officer & DA, already paid for, no additional expense.
Jury Time,$40.00 per day x14 X number of days in court.
Not much there,
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