Legal Analysis of Chris Collins’ 26 Month Sentence in Insider Trading Case

January 20, 2020  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of Chris Collins’ 26 Month Sentence in Insider Trading Case

Attorney Barry Covert was in WGRZ’s studio to provide legal analysis as news broke on the sentencing of former Congressman Chris Collins for insider trading. Chris Collins was first indicted on a series of insider trading charges in August 2018. After claiming his innocence for over a year, Collins plead guilty to charges in October 2019. On Friday, January 17th, a judge in a Manhattan court room sentence Chris Collins to 26 months in prison. WGRZ 2 On Your Side had live coverage of the sentencing, which included legal analysis by Barry Covert. Continue reading this post for Barry Covert’s comments and click on the videos below to watch the full report, which includes the interview with Barry Covert. Overview of Sentencing WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler asked attorney Barry Covert for his thoughts on the sentencing of Chris Collins. Mr. Covert stated “I thought that Chris Collins really saved the day. His comments to...

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Judge Rules Gov. Cuomo Exceeded Authority With Emergency Ban On E-Cigarettes

January 13, 2020  |  IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Judge Rules Gov. Cuomo Exceeded Authority With Emergency Ban On E-Cigarettes

A New York State Supreme Court judge recently ruled in favor of a vaping industry group in their lawsuit against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. This past September, Gov. Cuomo’s administration issued an emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to address teen vaping and the increasing instances of vaping related illnesses. However, a judge ruled that Gov. Cuomo exceeded his authority by issuing the ban and that such an action should be passed by the legislature. WGRZ 2 On Your Side aired a report on vaping and the decision from a New York State Supreme Court judge, who struck down Gov. Cuomo’s emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Anchor Scott Levin interviewed attorney Barry Covert for legal analysis on the ruling. Continue reading this post for Barry Covert’s comments and click here for the story on WGRZ’s website. Also, click on the video below to watch the full report, which includes...

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Legal Analysis on Status of Maserati Car Crash Investigation

December 13, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis on Status of Maserati Car Crash Investigation

WGRZ 2 On Your Side recently aired a report in response to outcry in the community regarding the status of an investigation involving a fatal car crash that occurred approximately two months ago. In October, a Toyota was struck by a Maserati on Seneca Street in South Buffalo. Two passengers in the Toyota died as a result of the crash. WGRZ reports that they have heard from many in the community who want to know why charges have not been filed in the crash and why authorities have not revealed the identity of the driver of the Maserati involved in the crash. In response to these questions, WGRZ interviewed Erie County District Attorney John Flynn for an update on the case.  Attorney Barry Covert was also interviewed to provide legal analysis for the report. Continue reading this post for Barry Covert’s comments and click here for the story on WGRZ’s website. Also,...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Addresses Concerns Over New York State Bail Reform

December 5, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Addresses Concerns Over New York State Bail Reform

New York State’s new criminal justice reform is continuing to capture media attention.  Attorney Barry Covert was interviewed by WGRZ 2 On Your Side to provide legal analysis for their latest report on the new law. As detailed in a previous post, New York State will enact new prison bail reform, which will eliminate cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses.  The criminal justice reform bill passed both houses of the state legislature, was signed in to law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and is schedule to take effect on January 1, 2020. However, the new bail reform has generated criticism from law enforcement and elected officials in New York State.  Although the changes have created push back from law enforcement, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has defended the reform. Gov. Cuomo was recently in Western New York and WGRZ asked him to address the opposition to bail reform. In response to...

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Legal Analysis of New Federal Animal Cruelty Law

November 27, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of New Federal Animal Cruelty Law

A new bill was recently signed in to law, which makes acts of cruelty to animals a federal crime. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act was signed in to law by President Donald Trump on Monday, November 25th.  The bill, which was passed unanimously by the House and Senate, classifies acts of animal cruelty as a federal felony offense with a penalty of up to seven years in prison. WGRZ 2 On Your Side reported on the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, with anchor Maryalice Demler interviewing attorney Barry Covert to provide legal analysis on the new law. Read below for attorney Barry Covert’s comments to WGRZ on the new federal animal cruelty law. You can also click the video below to watch WGRZ’s full report, which includes Barry Covert’s legal analysis. What is the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act? Discussing the new federal animal cruelty law on WGRZ, attorney...

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New York State Upcoming Prison Bail Reform

November 12, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
New York State Upcoming Prison Bail Reform

New York State will enact new prison bail reform next year. The reform, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, will eliminate cash bail as well as pretrial detention for misdemeanor and non-violent offenses. In addition, it is reported that the reform will result in the release of hundreds of inmates. WGRZ 2 On Your Side recently reported that there is some push back and criticism of New York State’s upcoming prison reform. Specifically, President Donald Trump criticized New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Twitter regarding the prison reform. WGRZ interviewed attorney Barry Covert to provide legal analysis on the prison bail reform. In addition, WGRZ’s story included comments from New York State Senators Patrick Gallivan and Tim Kennedy, who have opposing viewpoints regarding the upcoming reform. State Senator Patrick Gallivan spoke publicly alongside law enforcement and expressed concerns about the reform in an effort to amend the law. In WGRZ’s story,...

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Legal Analysis of FBI Raid on Buffalo City Hall

November 8, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of FBI Raid on Buffalo City Hall

Federal Agents recently raided Buffalo City Hall. FBI agents along with agents from the investigative arm of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conducted what was described as “court authorized activities” for over eight hours inside Buffalo City Hall. WGRZ 2 On Your Side reported on the raid and interviewed attorney Barry Covert to provide legal analysis as part of their coverage of the story. As reported by WGRZ, the raid was for the execution of a court authorized search warrant. The FBI would not disclose what they were looking for or what the raid was connected to. However, the activity focused primarily on the Office of Strategic Planning, which is located on the third floor of Buffalo City Hall. Several agents worked behind a guarded closed door for over eight hours. News cameras captured federal agents removing several carts containing boxes of documents covered in tarps. A...

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Legal Analysis of Verdict in Case of Man Found Guilty of Setting Ex-girlfriend on Fire

October 29, 2019  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of Verdict in Case of Man Found Guilty of Setting Ex-girlfriend on Fire

Attorney Barry Covert was interview by WGRZ 2 On Your Side to provide legal analysis for their coverage of the case of Jonathan White. Jonathan White was accused of setting his ex-girlfriend on fire outside of a Tim Hortons in Tonawanda in December 2018. A jury recently found Jonathan White guilty of attempted murder and assault. As reported by WGRZ, the victim in this case, Jessica Cameron, took the witness stand during the trial. She provided testimony on her relationship with the defendant as well as the events of the day of the assault. Jessica Cameron suffered burns to her face, head, and hands. She spent several months being treated in ECMC’s burn unit and she is still recovering from her injuries. The jury made numerous request for information as they deliberated the case. WGRZ reports that during deliberations, the jury sent three notes to the judge. The first note requested video surveillance...

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Diocese of Buffalo Whistleblower Calls for Removal of Auxiliary Bishop

September 17, 2019  |  Sexual Abuse Victims  |  Share
Diocese of Buffalo Whistleblower Calls for Removal of Auxiliary Bishop

WIVB News 4 recently interviewed Fr. Ryszard Biernat regarding Fr. Biernat’s call for the removal of Diocese of Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop, Edward Grosz.  Fr. Biernat was joined by his attorney, Barry Covert, for the interview with WIVB. The Diocese of Buffalo has been the focus of extensive media coverage over the past year for its handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.  Fr. Biernat has been featured in local and national media recently as a second whistleblower from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.  Prior to taking a personal leave of absence in August, Fr. Ryszard Biernat served as Bishop Richard Malone’s secretary and diocesan vice chancellor for the Diocese of Buffalo. As detailed in a previous post, Fr. Biernat was concerned about Bishop Richard Malone’s handling of allegations of misconduct against a priest within the Diocese of Buffalo. This concern prompted Fr. Biernat to record Bishop Malone to expose how the Diocese of...

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The Buffalo News Reports on Bishop Richard Malone Press Conference

September 9, 2019  |  IN THE NEWS, SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS  |  Share

Attorney Barry Covert provided comment for an article published in The Buffalo News regarding a recent news conference given by Bishop Richard Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.  This is the first press conference Bishop Malone has given since November 2018. The Buffalo New article states that Bishop Malone faced renewed criticism for his handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in August, when the Child Victim Act’s Look-Back Window took effect. However, this press conference, which took place on September 4th, was held to address reports of how Bishop Malone handled a different matter of clergy misconduct Earlier in the day, ABC News and WKBW published stories regarding a second whistleblower who came forward due to concerns over Bishop Richard Malone. As detailed in a previous post, the whistleblower is Fr. Ryszard Biernat, who served as Bishop Malone’s secretary and diocesan vice chancellor. Fr. Biernat is represented by attorney Barry Covert. Fr. Biernat...

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