Tioga County assistant DA resigns aft...

Tioga County assistant DA resigns after guilty plea

There are 17 comments on the Press & Sun-Bulletin story from Jun 6, 2006, titled Tioga County assistant DA resigns after guilty plea. In it, Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that:

Tioga County Second Assistant District Attorney Kirk O. Martin has resigned following a plea of guilty in Town of Owego court to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.

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John

Sherburne, NY

#1 Jun 6, 2006
If were anyone else they would have not been able to plea it down,I thought we all equal under the law.
Peach

Ithaca, NY

#2 Jun 7, 2006
John - I COMPLETELY agree! Expunged from his record?? If someone who wasn't the assistant D.A. merely got pulled over without even having an accident and plead guilty it seems that the usual punishment would be imposed: revocation of drivers license and a stiff fine. This doesn't even qualify as a slap on the wrist. If he had actually killed someone then maybe he'd be in a little more trouble - maybe. So be a good boy for a whole year and we'll forget it ever happened.
John

Sherburne, NY

#3 Jun 11, 2006
All equal under the law,except in Owego.
Concerned in Candor

Ithaca, NY

#4 Nov 14, 2007
Maybe he should have run for Highway Supervisor in Candor....we could have had dueling DWIs!
dont forget this

Oneonta, NY

#5 Sep 17, 2012
This guy is running for DA of TIOGA county now !!!
DO NOT VOTE HIM IN !!!!
I noticed he is also a Jerry Keene supporter ( who is now running for judge ).... probably in exchange for that light sentance he recieved.
Google Jerry keene tioga county and see what comes up.....nothing good ! inform yourself and vote !!!
Tony

Nichols, NY

#6 May 5, 2013
As I recall Martins sidekick punk sheriff buddy was bucked down to a desk job for "helping" the assistant DA of Tioga County try to cover up his bust. The Monell incident would have been a "lie" if it wasnt for the video tape...liars, creeps, good ole boys.
Da? How about dog cat catcher.
SteveR

United States

#7 May 6, 2013
Yeah I wonder if elected, Martin will be easy on DWI and other serious ofenses ...Martin already was a DA and wants everyone to trust him now? Smells funny to me.
Mitch

Vestal, NY

#8 May 11, 2013
Tioga County is a corrupt little cesspool. Where else can a Judge accidentally fire off a gun inside of a courthouse and not face any charges? That's exactly what Vince Sgueglia did back in 2010, and we never would have heard about it if it wasn't for the censure he received as a result. When Irene Graven (the current top prosecutor in Tioga County) was asked why the D.A.'s office refused to file any charges against Vince, her response was "I can't answer that." See for yourself -
Misty

Norwich, NY

#9 Sep 2, 2013
Nice of all the out of town people to comment on all the "corruption" and it being a "cesspool" Look at your own hometowns before you run your ignorant mouths. I am not condoning what was done but, seriously how many people get DUI's??? No one is perfect.
Reelwest

North Billerica, MA

#10 Oct 19, 2013
Yesterday, our Tioga County Post Office received an extremely large, presorted, bulk mail, permit from Staten Island. No return address, no explanation, just a copy of a letter from Keene to Martin, dated June 2, 2006. It's being used as a smear for this campaign. This sort of tactic really upsets me. It isn't as if we don't all know about it, just isn't the correct thing to do.
SusieQ64

Cambridge, MA

#12 Oct 19, 2013
Look again at that letter. It is Foil copy...big difference...all that matters is the content. A description of outrageous despicable behavior by an. ADA.... A request for his resignation. You need to be more decriminating.2
Rhanno

Syracuse, NY

#13 Oct 20, 2013
While the appearance of this mass mailing is mysterious --- Hmmmm. Who could be responsible for sending this out?--- the content (redacted items aside) IS important to the voters. Is the Owego Daily Planet or one of the Big City Dailies going to re-hash this episode and harsh the Halloween love-fest? Not without this postal present.

Those of us leaning toward the Ithaca side of Tioga County rather than that of Owego ("Unfriendliest Small Town In America") may need an occasional reminder of our Election Day responsibilities. If Lex Luther is this mean to Kirk Martin think how nasty he'll be to criminals.
Out for Justice

Corning, NY

#14 Oct 21, 2013
Unfortunately, this mass mailing takes the focus off the real issues of the qualification for candidacy. I heard it was a vendetta from Susan Hall of Waverly. Her son was prosecuted by Martin for a DUI and she is still in a uproar over it. Let's face it they were both guilty of a DUI and never should have got behind the wheel of a car.
I'm not implying that one should vote for or against Martin. That is up to each and every individual to do their own research. If half the stuff about Keene's incompetence was mailed to the voters they would have realized he has no idea what he is doing and constantly doesn't understand the law in which he claims to represent. The fact that he was elected tells the people of Tioga County they are good at being snowballed by the politicians.
As far as I'm concerned, there are no good people attracted to the upper echelons of politics. It is desired by those who wish to fulfill their own ego and nothing more.
Our founding fathers would be looking for a new country to go to based on our current behaviors in America. Very, Very SAD
SusieQ

Hartford, CT

#15 Oct 26, 2013
Misty wrote:
Nice of all the out of town people to comment on all the "corruption" and it being a "cesspool" Look at your own hometowns before you run your ignorant mouths. I am not condoning what was done but, seriously how many people get DUI's??? No one is perfect.
You have to be kdding!? Do you drink and drive too? This is an imperfection that kills innocence....not just the drugy who overdosed!
SusieQ

Hartford, CT

#16 Oct 26, 2013
Rhanno wrote:
While the appearance of this mass mailing is mysterious --- Hmmmm. Who could be responsible for sending this out?--- the content (redacted items aside) IS important to the voters. Is the Owego Daily Planet or one of the Big City Dailies going to re-hash this episode and harsh the Halloween love-fest? Not without this postal present.
Those of us leaning toward the Ithaca side of Tioga County rather than that of Owego ("Unfriendliest Small Town In America") may need an occasional reminder of our Election Day responsibilities. If Lex Luther is this mean to Kirk Martin think how nasty he'll be to criminals.
Nothing mysterious about this mailing..I heard Luther on a radio interview (Martin did not show up) say he mailed it. Good for him! Truth is not mud slinging..and this job deserves a "tough" interview. If Martin was asked to "resign" instead of forcing the DA to fire him....why oh why would we hire Martin??! What about all the blacked out stuff...is it worse than what we were allowed to read?? Scary to me.
SusieQ

Hartford, CT

#17 Oct 26, 2013
Campaigns are always tough...some tougher than others. Some times our choice is between two excellent qualified candidates. This is not...it amazes me that anyone with the lack of experiecen and a resume as Mr. Martin has...would even throw his hat in the ring! Wow...makes one wonder who thought this was a wise thing to do. TC is 2 to 1 Repucblican.....and the "good old boys".. think they can walk this misfit in. We'll see....maybe we are hopeless.
Think about the vote you cast....this is not about Reupublcan vs Democrat...not this time.
SusieQ

Hartford, CT

#18 Oct 26, 2013
Out for Justice wrote:
Unfortunately, this mass mailing takes the focus off the real issues of the qualification for candidacy. I heard it was a vendetta from Susan Hall of Waverly. Her son was prosecuted by Martin for a DUI and she is still in a uproar over it. Let's face it they were both guilty of a DUI and never should have got behind the wheel of a car.
I'm not implying that one should vote for or against Martin. That is up to each and every individual to do their own research. If half the stuff about Keene's incompetence was mailed to the voters they would have realized he has no idea what he is doing and constantly doesn't understand the law in which he claims to represent. The fact that he was elected tells the people of Tioga County they are good at being snowballed by the politicians.
As far as I'm concerned, there are no good people attracted to the upper echelons of politics. It is desired by those who wish to fulfill their own ego and nothing more.
Our founding fathers would be looking for a new country to go to based on our current behaviors in America. Very, Very SAD
I don't what Susan Hall's issue that makes her suspent to you. I do know I heard Fred Luther claim he mailed it without a return address ..so folks would open and read it. He disclosed this the next day in the local paper..as well as in a radio interview. The concern in this letter is not just what we learned but what was redacted (kept from us). This implies a bigger problem of Mr. Martins. Who did all this redacting and why...is the big question now.

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