September 3, 2009
August 13th, 2009
By Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore
ALBANY — A former Senate employee who is suing the state over his dismissal in 2007 said on Thursday that he had testified under oath this week that his supervisor was given special treatment because of a romantic relationship with Gov. David A. Paterson.
The former employee, Jean Pierre, has said that his supervisor, Indira F. Noel, forged his signature to obtain a copy of his college transcript amid a dispute that led to his firing.
Mr. Pierre said that, in a deposition this week, he told lawyers for the state that Ms. Noel had frequently bragged that her job was protected because she had a relationship with Mr. Paterson, the former minority leader of the Senate, who was lieutenant governor when Mr. Pierre was fired in late 2007.
September 2, 2009
Saratoga County DA says ex-congressman’s DWI case going to grand jury
August 6th, 2009
By Bob Gardinier
Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney has completed a residential drug and alcohol treatment program, and his DWI case will now go before a grand jury next week, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Wednesday.
Sweeney, 53, was to appear in Clifton Park Town Court today but that appearance was postponed Wednesday until early September on a request from Sweeney’s attorney E. Stewart Jones, Murphy said.
Jones said Sweeney will remain in therapy.
”He has completed the residential treatment and is no longer in the facility, but he remains in the program for treatment,” Jones said.
The rehab site was an unidentified center outside the area.
August 17th, 2009
Former Congressman John Sweeney says he is not guilty of driving while intoxicated. He made that plea in Saratoga County court Monday morning.
Sweeney was arrested on the felony charge back in April when, according to the indictment, he was pulled over on Route 9 in Clifton Park, driving 59 miles per hour in a 40 mile an hour zone.
Police say they smelled alcohol on Sweeney’s breath, who refused to take a sobriety test.
“A civilized reasonable justice system individualizes cases it doesn’t paint with a broad brush and paint everybody equally, because people aren’t equal,” said Sweeney’s attorney E. Stewart Jones, “There are different consequences for different offenses.”
September 1, 2009
August 17th, 2009
by Bethany Henderson / DUIAttorney.com
Former New York 20th congressional district Rep. John Sweeney (Republican) is facing a felony DWI charge that will carry significant jail time.
E. Stewart Jones, attorney to Rep. Sweeney, is claiming the Saratoga County DA’s office is treating Sweeney unfairly as a result of his position of visibility. This is Sweeney’s second alcohol-related arrest, which is one of the reasons cited for the push for aggregated sentencing. This new sentence would carry with it up to four years in jail. Perhaps more pertinent to Rep. Sweeney is the threat of losing his license to practice law in the State of California if convicted.
Sweeney was arraigned Monday morning, and he pleaded not guilty. Sweeney’s attorney shared, “John is a lawyer. The consequences for a lawyer of a felony conviction are the loss of a license, the loss of a livelihood. That to me is disproportionate punishment that is not right in this case. It’s not right in any case.” Rep. Sweeney has confessed to an alcohol addiction and has been in a rehabilitation center since his arrest last April in Clifton Park.