Ontario DA Tantillo: Poor Prosecution
Posted in the Ontario County Forum
#1 Aug 17, 2010
WATERLOO - One of the alleged victims is speaking out in the wake of last week’s acquittal of former Seneca County sheriff Leo T. Connolly on two misdemeanor charges.
“I thought the whole thing was a bunch of crap,” former deputy William Morse said.
Morse said he is more upset with special prosecutor R. Michael Tantillo than with Connolly because of what he believed was poor prosecution of a “slam dunk” case.
He cited the original conviction being overturned on appeal in 2009 because the mother of another alleged victim was on the grand jury that originally indicted Connolly.
“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Morse said.“That was a first-grader mistake.”
Morse was not called as a witness during the trial. Because of that, defense attorney Robert Napier successfully argued that jurors should be given a special “missing witness” instruction.
“It was more or less because of the incompetence of Tantillo,” Morse said.
He said he would not want to be Tantillo during the next district attorney election and that he is appalled that Ontario County is willing to charge Seneca County for his services as prosecutor in the case.
Alleged victim upset by Connolly acquittal
By SEAN McCRACKEN / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:42 AM CDT
#2 Dec 2, 2010
Tantillo wasn't interested in justice. A democrat, he was just looking to convict a republican sheriff.
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