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LDC defendants in court
by Sean Carroll
Rochester, N.Y. -- Four defendants involved in Monroe Countys LDC investigation were in court today.
The big question was, would charges against the husband of Monroe County Executive, Maggie Brooks, be dropped? No, at least not yet.
The lawyer for Robert Wiesner, the County Executives husband, noted that his client should have been afforded the right to testify in grand jury but wasnt.
The Attorney Generals office conceded that much and agreed to drop the charges so long as they could be represented.
That debate is still ongoing while the judge considers a number of factors. Wiesners lawyer is not disappointed.
Im pleased where we are, says James Nobles, Wiesners lawyer. Its clear that they have to dismiss it with potentially the opportunity to re-present but potentially the opportunity not to re-present. He wants to know more about the issues to determine whether or he should allow them to re-represent or not.
While Wiesners lawyer made arguments about why the charges should be dismissed for good, the Attorney Generals Office argued against that in court this morning.
Other discussions in court and involving the three other defendants centered around how to move this case forward.
The Attorney Generals Office explained that more than 200 boxes of files and evidence are currently in storage in New York City. All defense lawyers may have to review two million pages of evidence.
Two million document is just an enormous amount of documents to go through, says Michael Schiano, Lawyer for Daniel Lynch. Were talking paper documents, disks, computers -- theres been 25 computer seized. An enormous amount of work to go through them.
The decision rendered in court today was all procedural in nature.
The judge scheduled two dates in January and two more in March as times he wants all parties back in court.
There was also lot of discussion surrounding the initial arrest and perp walk of these men last month.
13WHAM's Sean Carroll will have more on why that was brought up tonight on 13WHAM news at 5:00 and 6:00.