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Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Compassionate release denied


A federal judge has denied a request for compassionate release from prison from an inmate who was convicted of possession of child pornography. Defendant Anthony C. Howe Sr. previously filed a two-paragraph motion seeking release. U.S. District Court Judge David ...

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Conviction overturned on Brady issue


A Clinton County judge has vacated a guilty plea in a robbery case because of Brady violations by the prosecution. In May 2017, defendant Rudolph Franklin was indicted on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal use of a firearm, and ...

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Chili man accused of fraud


A Chili man is facing federal charges for allegedly fraudulently obtaining loans through a federal program created to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Rech is accused of wire fraud and money laundering for applying for and obtaining three ...

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Parole officer sued by woman he shot


A transgender woman shot by her parole officer outside a motel in Ontario County has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer. The plaintiff, Chanel Hines, was shot five times by New York state parole officer Jeffrey Smith on Nov. ...

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Judge won’t sanction city lawyers


A federal judge declined to sanction attorneys for the city of Rochester who have failed to comply with discovery deadlines in a police brutality lawsuit. Plaintiff David Vann filed the complaint in May 2018 against the city of Rochester, the ...

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Appeals court adjusts consecutive sentence

Appellate Division Fourth Department

A state appeals court has changed the sentence for a man convicted of attempted murder, robbery and burglary in Erie County because the prison terms imposed should run concurrently, not consecutively. In July 2018, defendant Christopher Boyd pleaded guilty to ...

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