Friday, November 15, 2013

AG's office wants to rehear Wiesner case

Posted by on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The state Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to dismiss charges against Robert Wiesner. Sort of.

Wiesner, who is the husband of County Executive Maggie Brooks, is one of four defendants in a case of alleged bid-rigging involving two county-linked local development corporations. In an indictment, the attorney general's office charged Wiesner with two felonies, which essentially amounted to bid-rigging charges.

At the time Wiesner was arraigned, his attorney, James Nobles, submitted a motion to have the charges dismissed. Nobles argued that he requested an opportunity for Wiesner to testify to a grand jury. But Wiesner never received that opportunity, Nobles said, which violates his client's rights.

Attorney general's office prosecutors have submitted a motion agreeing to have the charges dismissed, but with the understanding that they'll impanel a new grand jury to rehear the case against Wiesner. Damien LaVera, a spokesperson for the AG's Office, issued this statement.

"Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to prosecuting public corruption wherever and whenever it occurs. We are consenting to dismissal of the charges against Mr. Wiesner because of his request to testify in the grand jury. We expect to present the case against him to another grand jury and look forward to his testimony."

The AG's Office motion is attached below the jump:

Signed Application and Proposed Order by jmouleatcity


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