Ontario County Prosecutor cited for misconduct (Ofc of DA Tantillo)
Posted in the Ontario County Forum
#1 Jun 14, 2012
An Ontario County prosecutor has been cited by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court for misconduct in a 2008 criminal case and the defendant has been granted a new trial on some charges.
The court changed part of the verdict in the case of Craig A. Huntsman, because of the actions of assistant Ontario County District Attorney Jeffrey L. Taylor. The justices also found that an incriminating statement made by Huntsman and used at trial should not have been admissible because Huntsman was questioned by police after he asked to call a lawyer.
It was not the first time the Appellate Division has criticized Taylor, who works under the direction of Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo.
“This Court has repeatedly admonished Mr. Taylor for various acts of misconduct, yet the record on this appeal establishes that his misconduct has continued,” the justices wrote.
“We again admonish Mr. Taylor and remind him that prosecutors have special responsibilities ... to safeguard the integrity of criminal proceedings and fairness in the criminal process,” they wrote.
Tantillo issued a statement in an email. Regarding Taylor’s conduct in one previous case cited by the court, Tantillo wrote:“I did not think the...conduct in that case was particularly egregious.
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