Buffalo Narcotics Detective Charged with DWI

February 12, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, DWI, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Buffalo Narcotics Detective Charged with DWI

A Buffalo narcotics detective was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Monday, February 5. According to WIVB, BPD Detective Mark Locicero was operating his unmarked city vehicle in the parking lot of the Wegmans on Transit Road in Cheektowaga. I spoke to WIVB about the charge and what potential penalties could be. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Third-Degree Rape Charges Against Al Dirschberger

January 25, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Third-Degree Rape Charges Against Al Dirschberger

Al Dirschberger, the former Erie County Commissioner of Social Services, was charged by a grand jury with third-degree rape and criminal sex acts. I spoke to WIVB about what charges in the third degree entail and what the penalties could be. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Jury Being Selected for Former Cuomo Aide

January 23, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, ETHICS, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Jury Being Selected for Former Cuomo Aide

The jury is being selected in the corruption trial of one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aides. Joseph Percoco pleaded “not guilty” to federal bid-rigging and bribery charges and is standing trial in New York City on federal charges that he used his close relationship with Governor Cuomo to collect $300 thousand in bribe money. I spoke to WIVB about the case. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Legal Ramifications of Hunting Accidents

January 22, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Ramifications of Hunting Accidents

I wrote a guest column that appeared in the January 15 issue of the Buffalo Law Journal. In “Legal ramifications of hunting accidents,” I explain the various civil and criminal consequences that can result from injuring another person while hunting. Learn more by clicking here.

Proposed Ban on Smoking in Cars With Children

January 12, 2018  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Proposed Ban on Smoking in Cars With Children

A new proposal has been made to ban smoking with children in the car in Erie County. I spoke to WGRZ about whether or not the proposed law infringes on civil liberties. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Motion to Dismiss Allegations Against Cuomo in Hoyt Harassment Case

January 12, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Motion to Dismiss Allegations Against Cuomo in Hoyt Harassment Case

A lawsuit against Sam Hoyt, the former regional president of the Empire State Development Corporation, was filed in November and alleges that Hoyt sexually harassed and abused the woman who filed it. I spoke to WIVB about a new motion to dismiss the portions of the lawsuit that have to do with Governor Cuomo. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

December 21, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, ETHICS, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

On Tuesday, December 5, Buffalo Police Officer Joseph Hassett pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment that accuses him of tripping a prisoner in his custody. I spoke to WIVB about the Erie County District Attorney’s decision to charge Hassett in city court first before going to a grand jury and what the ramifications of these charges could be. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

DA Determining Charges in Homeowner’s Shooting of a Child

December 11, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
DA Determining Charges in Homeowner's Shooting of a Child

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the face and lost his right eye after throwing a rock at a home on Quincy Street. The homeowner, who fired his 20-gauge shotgun at the then 12-year-old boy and his friends, called police to report the shooting and that he believed the boy was attempting to burglarize his home. I spoke to WGRZ about what charges, if any, can be filed in this case. Click the picture above for more information and click here for the full story.

Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

December 11, 2017  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

On Tuesday, December 5, Buffalo Police Officer Joseph Hassett pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment that accuses him of tripping a prisoner in his custody. I spoke to WIVB about the Erie County District Attorney’s decision to charge Hassett in city court first before going to a grand jury and what the ramifications of these charges could be. Click the picture above for more information and click here for the full story.

Boy Shot in Attempted Break-In

November 20, 2017  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Boy Shot in Attempted Break-In

A 12-year-old boy is recovering at ECMC after being shot near the corner of Broadway and Quincy. Police say the boy was shot just before noon on Thursday, November 16 after attempting to break into a home on that block. I spoke to WIVB about the incident and what the homeowner’s rights are in this situation. Click the picture above for more and click here for the whole story.