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Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Greece Chamber holds judicial candidate forum

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The Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a Zoom “meet-the-candidates” event Friday morning featuring two assistant Monroe County district attorneys running for County Court Judge. Meredith A. Vacca is the Democratic candidate running against Republican Derek Harnsberger. They are running ...

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Upcoming election brings back memories for local attorney

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With President Donald Trump frequently raising alarms about the potential for voter fraud due to an increased number of absentee mail-in ballots being used to avoid in-person contact during an international pandemic, experts have speculated that the upcoming presidential election ...

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Murder conviction reversed

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A man convicted of second-degree murder will get a new trial because he was not present during sidebar questioning of some prospective jurors in the trial. Kesean R. McKenzie-Smith, 29, was convicted in November 2013 of second-degree murder, three counts ...

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Golfer’s lawsuit dismissed

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A state appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a golfer seeking damages for an injury suffered while playing golf at Holiday Valley Golf Resort in Cattaraugus County. The court dismissed the case under the doctrine of assumption of ...

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Strangulation charge reinstated

Appellate Division Fourth Department

A state appeals court has reinstated a charge of second-degree strangulation, which had been reduced by a judge because of how the prosecutor instructed the grand jury. Defendant Damion R. Ruvalcaba allegedly choked and assaulted his girlfriend in the presence ...

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Case sent back to lower court

Appellate Division Fourth Department

  A state appellate court has sent a case back to the lower court because the judge failed to hold a hearing on the defendant’s claim that his lawyer didn’t tell him it was his decision whether or not to ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct – Part-time judge: Opinion 20-81(B)

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Part-time judge Legal commentary – Television Opinion 20-81(B) Background: A part-time judge asks if he may appear as a legal commentator/analyst on a television or online streaming show. Opinion: The Committee concluded ...

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