Lawyers for ex-Suffolk DA Spota and top aide say the men committed no crime

September 12, 2019In The News

As it appeared in Newsday By Robert E. Kessler Updated September 12, 2019 7:30 AM Former Police Chief James Burke never admitted to then-Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota or Spota’s top aide that he had beaten a prisoner, the lawyers for the former officials contend in arguing that their clients committed no crime in …

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Judge sets trial schedule for ex-DA Thomas Spota, aide McPartland

July 1, 2019In The News

As it appeared in Newsday A federal judge Thursday set a Nov. 12 date for jury selection in the trial of former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and the head of his anti-corruption unit, Christopher McPartland. U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack also set Sept. 4 for the next hearing in the case, at which time …

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Judge delays the Spota-McPartland trial to November

April 3, 2019In The News

As it appeared in Newsday U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack acted after defense attorneys said the amount of pretrial discovery material federal prosecutors have handed over is too ‘voluminous’ to review in time for the trial set for May 14. By Robert E. Kessler A federal judge on Monday delayed until November the cover-up …

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Spota, McPartland Plotted to Obstruct Justice in Burke Case, Newly Filed Prosecution Papers Say

December 6, 2018In The News

As it appeared on Newsday. By Robert E. Kessler The papers provide details of how, according to federal prosecutors, then-Suffolk DA Thomas Spota and aide Christopher McPartland masterminded the cover-up of the Christopher Loeb beating — along with then-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke. Thomas Spota, while Suffolk district attorney in June 2015, demanded that a …

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