October 26, 2009
Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney Monday pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated, which will likely send the case to trial, said the Saratoga County district attorney.
Troy lawyer E. Stewart Jones, who is representing Sweeney, said Sweeney would lose his law license and therefore his livelihood if he is convicted of a felony, which would be disproportionate punishment, according to the Post-Star of Glens Falls.
Former New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Spargo has been found guilty of attempting to shake down lawyers appearing before him to help pay the substantial legal bills he had incurred in fighting an ongoing investigation into his conduct by the Commission on Judicial Conduct.
At the close of a three-day trial in Albany, and after deliberating for seven hours, a Northern District of New York jury on Thursday convicted Spargo, 66, of both counts in the indictment against him: attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.
October 22, 2009
TROY — A group of businesspeople led by Troy attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr. has stepped forward to help reopen the Tosca Grille.
Chef Larry Schepici closed his high-end downtown restaurant, an adjacent retail store and the Illium Cafe, on Sept. 21, apparently after a dispute with representatives of the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
October 19, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former New York state judge Thursday of attempted extortion and attempted soliciting of a bribe for pressuring a lawyer to give $10,000 to his defense fund.
Federal prosecutors said Thomas Spargo pressured the lawyer, who had cases pending before Spargo when he was a state Supreme Court justice in 2003, to help the judge cover legal bills from an ongoing battle with the state’s judicial discipline committee.