Monday, August 11, 2014

Wiesner case to head back to grand jury

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Robert Wiesner faces one less felony criminal charge, but one more is up in the air for now.

Wiesner is one of four defendants accused of participating in a bid-rigging scheme that involved county-connected local development corporations. He faced two felony charges as part of the case, which is being handled by the State Attorney General’s Office.

This afternoon, State Supreme Court Justice Robert Noonan issued a long-awaited decision on the charges against Wiesner. Noonan agreed to dismissal of both charges, but granted the Attorney General’s Office permission to re-present the second charge to a new grand jury.

Wiesner’s attorney, James Nobles, had previously asked Noonan to dismiss both charges. He said his client hadn’t had a chance to testify before a grand jury, even though he’d asked to do so.

The Attorney General’s Office agreed to dropping the charges, but asked for permission to present them to a new grand jury.
Nobles also argued that the charges were political and the case marred by misconduct, including an AG’s Office staff member notifying members of the media about the charges before an indictment was made public. In his decision, Noonan said the action was inappropriate, but didn’t appear to be “politically motivated or malevolent” based on confidential communications he reviewed.

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