WNY defense attorneys, ranked

This year’s Top 5 Criminal Defense Attorneys have been released, ranked annually by The Chronicle.  If you need them, these are the top guys in town to turn to — if you can afford them.  This year, Vacco is ranked number one (despite an impossible school board removal hearing that was of some note last year). 1. Dennis Vacco, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman Former New York State Attorney General, … Continue reading WNY defense attorneys, ranked

More charges against Pigeon expected this year

A source familiar with the FBI’s investigation into political operative G. Steven Pigeon believe that FBI Agent Brian Burns is working on an interwoven web of investigations that steam from a trove of emails obtained in the 2015 raid of Pigeon’s waterfront home — in which his personal computer and cell phone were confiscated. Burns is a career Agent at the FBI with a record of accomplishment and some controversy. … Continue reading More charges against Pigeon expected this year

AG files felony election charges against Pigeon; Kennedy not charged

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman‘s Office filed felony election charges against the renowned political operative G. Steven Pigeon — a confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and billionaire B. Thomas Golisano — along with his two longtime associates, Kristy Mazurek and David Pfaff.  All three defendants pleaded not guilty, with State Supreme Court Justice David Cerio presiding. Not included among those charged is … Continue reading AG files felony election charges against Pigeon; Kennedy not charged

Is Carl Paladino selecting federal court judges?

The Buffalo News published today that President Donald Trump is likely to turn to three local Republicans in selecting a nominee to fill the vacant federal judgeship in the Western District of New York.  The News claims that the same three individuals will be influential in the selection process of the next United States Attorney, filling the position held by William C. Hochul, Jr. Among those … Continue reading Is Carl Paladino selecting federal court judges?

Did the US Attorney pay an informant $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few case?

BY FRANK PARLATO Last week we wrote about an apparent miscarriage of justice perpetrated by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce as he prosecuted 20 innocent men who were members of a Depew, NY motorcycle club called the Chosen Few. Bruce saw his case fall apart as his informant David Ignasiak was revealed to be a serial liar, a drug addict, a criminal ready … Continue reading Did the US Attorney pay an informant $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few case?

As Sweet’s bid for federal bench fails, some look to Judge Montour

Donald Trump is unlikely to nominate Kathleen Sweet to fill the federal court vacancy here, left by Judge William Skretny, who has moved on to senior status on March 8, 2015. Skretny was appointed to the bench in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Senator Charles Schumer had recommended former US Attorney Denise O’Donnell to the judgeship. President Barak Obama refused to act on the … Continue reading As Sweet’s bid for federal bench fails, some look to Judge Montour