“A very serious concern for public safety:” Broome County officials not happy with new discovery law

first_img“This is going to result in charges being dismissed against drug dealers and other drug offenders.” Another problem he said the law is causing: “We also have the New York State Police Crime Lab has informed us that they can not keep up with the demand of the drugs that we send up to be tested.” “We had a trial in county court last week where a witness who was a victim of a crime was contacted by the family of the defendant asking him if he was going to testify,” said Korchak. The mayor’s office estimates the current requirements of the law could cost the city between $150,000-$200,000 each year for additional personnel costs. “This is a very real situation, very serious concern for public safety,” said Korchak. He said not only does the law cut down on time, but also, “My fear is that witnesses will no longer come forward knowing that violent felons will immediately get their grand jury testimony, and most times these felons will be out of out custody when they get it.” Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak has major bones to pick with the law. He says, “The discovery law creates a danger.” (WBNG) — Officials in Broome County are concerned about the new Discovery Law that took effect this year and the issues it poses for the community. Describing it, he said, “We have 1,500 felonies and several thousand misdemeanors that come through our system every year, we have to comply within 15 days all police reports, all witness statements, witness contact information has to be turned over, grand jury testimony has to be turned over, again, it’s an unworkable situation.” His fears continue to include more witness tampering and intimidation, a scenario that’s already happened in Broome County. “We’re asking lawmakers to take a step back, get the input of judges and district attorneys and make real changes to this law,” said Korchak. The two leaders, among others, want change. An issue he predicts could have a domino effect. Change, they say, is needed sooner rather than later. Binghamton Mayor Rich David explained the law is also negatively impacting the city’s police department by having to add personnel to keep up with its demands.last_img read more

Essequibo, Georgetown in winners’ row

first_imgWest Demerara1520NA1NA217 Upper Corentyne911NA1NANA9 Essequibo1520NA1NA419 Georgetown911NA1NA211 West Berbice812NANANA8 Lower Corentyne1830NANA624center_img TeamsMatchesPointsWinsLosesTieNo resultSuper Bonus(Batting)Super Bonus(Bowling)Total ESSEQUIBO and Georgetown were victorious on Sunday when the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Inc. Jaguars 50-over Franchise League continued with two round-four games.At the Imam Bacchus ground, Affiance, Essequibo Coast, the hosts whipped East Coast Demerara by nine wickets. Batting first, the visitors reached 169-9 off 40 overs.Kamesh Yadram top-scored with a 50-ball 54, with five fours. Rajendra Chandrika made 29, Chanderpaul Hemraj 19 and Bhaskar Yadram 18. Ricardo Adams claimed 3-42,while Anthony Adams had 2-20 and Akieni Adams 2-25.Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul then slammed four fours and two sixes in scoring 72 off 102 balls. Kemol Savory scored a 48 off 58 balls including three fours and a six as Essequibo ended on 172-1 in 33.4 overs.Over at Bush Lot ground in West Berbice, the game was reduced to 20 overs.The home team crumbled for 96 in 19.2 overs. Leon Johnson claimed 5-26 and got support from medium pacer Paul Wintz (2-6). Only Arthley Bailey (24) and Gudakesh Motie (18) reached double figures.Robin Bacchus (22), Andrew Lyght Jr (17), added 39 for the first wicket, but thereafter the visiting side suffered a batting meltdown. Shemroy Barrington (5), skipper Chris Barnwell (3), Johnson (0), West Indies U-19 selectee Raymond Perez (1), keeper Darwin Christian (15), Steven Sankar (0) and Wintz (1) all fell cheaply.However, with ten runs needed off the last over Ramaal Lewis ended the game with a six and a four.Points Table: After Round Three East Coast Demerara0Nil3NANANA0 Upper Demerara/East Bank0Nil3NANANA0last_img read more