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Albany NY attorney fired for supressing 2001 arrest of William Scott Ritter
Daily Gazette Schenectady, NY ^ | January 18, 2003

Posted on 01/18/2003 8:08:43 AM PST by catfur

By MARNIE EISENSTADT Gazette Reporter

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COLONIE - The assistant district attorney who handled a 2001 misdemeanor charge against former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been fired for failing to tell her boss the case ever even existed. "I was shocked and angered to learn that the case had been disposed of by one of my assistant district attorneys without consulting me," said Albany County District Attorney Paul Clyne. "Any arguably sensitive case should be brought to my attention."

Details of the specific charge against Ritter, who sources said was arrested by Colonie police and charged with a class B misdemeanor on June 15, 2001, were sealed.

On Friday, Clyne fired Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Preiser, who had worked in the DA's office for 15 years. She did not return calls for comment.

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1 posted on 01/18/2003 8:08:43 AM PST by catfur
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2 posted on 01/18/2003 8:10:31 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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3 posted on 01/18/2003 8:11:45 AM PST by Timesink (Poodle: The Other White Meat)
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To: catfur
Details of the specific charge against Ritter, who sources said was arrested by Colonie police and charged with a class B misdemeanor on June 15, 2001, were sealed.

There are ways of getting them unsealed. If Ritter weren't a darling of the Bush administration-hating liberal clique, the national media would be digging up the details.

4 posted on 01/18/2003 8:12:18 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: Kevin Curry
Agree. Hmmm, any law enforcement out there? just what kind of an infraction would be designated a Class B Misdemeanor
5 posted on 01/18/2003 8:16:14 AM PST by catfur
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To: All
Sheesh.. it's a busy news day with ours being the only coverage of the real Patriots rally and all but I hope this doesn't get lost... so btt
6 posted on 01/18/2003 8:25:57 AM PST by catfur
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To: Howlin; Mo1; Miss Marple; MeeknMing
Lookie here!

...LOL...but Scott doesn't recall being arrested, eh? Says they must have the wrong guy. I bookmarked this little gem for future ammo <VBEG>

7 posted on 01/18/2003 8:26:27 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: cake_crumb
That's interesting. If you read the whole article, Scott seems to think it's a case of mistaken identity.
8 posted on 01/18/2003 8:28:37 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: cake_crumb
Is being a jerk a misdemeanor?
9 posted on 01/18/2003 8:30:09 AM PST by woofie
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To: Kevin Curry
BUMP
10 posted on 01/18/2003 8:31:56 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: catfur
I wonder how much Iraqi money ended up in HER pocket??
11 posted on 01/18/2003 8:31:59 AM PST by Politicalmom
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To: cake_crumb
Let me guess...little scottie was charged for showing his a$$?
12 posted on 01/18/2003 8:32:02 AM PST by demlosers ( Ritter is going to be exposed this year)
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To: catfur
Agree. Hmmm, any law enforcement out there? just what kind of an infraction would be designated a Class B Misdemeanor

I'm working from home so I don't have the NY Penal Code in front of me, but examples of Class B Misdemeanor could include low level drug possession (excluding reefer, which is a mere violation for possessing 28 grams or less),petty theft (i.e. shoplifting), criminal solicitation (i.e., are you a ho?), unlicensed and/or uninsured operation of a motor vehicle (i.e., license lapsed or previously revoked or suspended for some other violation). In all likelihood, he was not charged with DWI, because that is a simple misdomeanor or felony depending upon prior DWI's within the previous 10 years.

In all fairness, however, the article indicates that he was charged, not convicted. SOP for defense lawyers is to ask the court to seal the record if the charges are dismissed or dropped, particularly if prosecutorial error is an issue.

13 posted on 01/18/2003 8:33:39 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: catfur
Bump.
14 posted on 01/18/2003 8:34:46 AM PST by aculeus
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To: catfur
The day Ritter resigned, CBS News reported that the F.B.I. was investigating him for showing classified intelligence to the Israelis.

More...

15 posted on 01/18/2003 8:39:53 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Labyrinthos
Or it was his lack of priors and "star" appeal that persuaded the judge to accept a plea in abeyance (maybe that's not what it's called it NY) and subsequent dismissal and sealing. That doesn't mean the offense didn't take place. More likely than not it wasn't a forceable offense against another person, because various victim protection laws would have kicked in if that had been the case and made it very difficult for the judge to hide the details.
16 posted on 01/18/2003 8:42:51 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: kcvl
CBS News reported that the F.B.I. was investigating him for showing classified intelligence to the Israelis.

Only the feds would have prosecuted such charges.

17 posted on 01/18/2003 8:43:39 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: cake_crumb

Clyne said he only learned of the case against Ritter, who has become a high-profile commentator on Iraq, this week when The Daily Gazette inquired.

The case was sealed after Preiser, Ritter's attorney and a town court judge agreed to adjourn it in contemplation of dismissal, sources said.

This generally means that a case is on hold for a period of six months; if the defendant does not get in trouble during that time, the case is usually dismissed and the record is sealed. The adjournment indicates no admission of guilt or innocence.

When The Daily Gazette attempted to obtain a copy of the incident report from the 41-year-old former Marine's arrest, the Colonie town attorney's office denied that request, saying the record was exempt from disclosure. But the office did confirm that the record for Ritter, whose full name is William Scott Ritter, existed.

Ritter, though, said he knows nothing about the arrest.

"Sorry, you must have the wrong person," he said Friday when reached at his home in Delmar.

What a wise-acre ! I can't stand this creep/traitor...



18 posted on 01/18/2003 8:44:15 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bush IS a Genius! Now, just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: Labyrinthos
Thanks for your reply Labyrinthos.

re your comment about arrest but no conviction.. agree. But in this area we (probably not unique in this)do have a a history of high profile public types being arrested and not convicted.

Of most recent memory was the arrest of a Schenectady city councilman arrested in a motel with a prostitute... charges dropped and local news covered him and his Dim pals hugging in slobbering support on the city hall steps. A la the visions of his impeached president in power at the time. Yuk

19 posted on 01/18/2003 8:47:55 AM PST by catfur
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To: Kevin Curry
he also revealed the link between the UN supervisors and American intelligence and accused his superior, the head of the observer delegation, Richard Butler, of installing monitoring devices meant to relay information about what was happening at the sites directly to American intelligence. Butler vehemently denied the existence of any such link.

The CIA was not alone in its contacts with the delegation of UN supervisors. According to Ritter's statements in an interview with the New Yorker, Israel took upon itself the task of analyzing aerial photos taken by an American spy satellite that was used by the UN delegation. Later on, Ritter wrote that "I started asking (the Israelis) more specific questions and they put me in touch with their analysts. Now it was no longer just a matter of analyzing photos. I was receiving access to the Israeli intelligence community." A bulletin of nuclear science reported that Israel had in effect set up a cooperation unit, referred to as "the green headquarters," headed by Yaakov Amidror, which worked across from the headquarters of the UN supervisory delegation in New York. These offices, Ritter's remarks indicate, planned several operations together, including the last operation in Romania, known as Operation Cup of Tea, which was meant to prevent the acquisition of components in Romania.

Ritter was unable to obtain hard evidence that could prove the UN delegation's claim that Iraq was continuing its illegal activities to develop long-range missiles. The reason is apparently that Israel refused to divulge some of the information in order not to harm its sources and reveal its methods of operation. At a certain point, Ritter was suspected of relaying confidential American information to Israel and CIA investigators were even on the verge of charging him with spying for Israel. Ritter relates that he felt that the head of the CIA's Middle East desk started treating him as a competitor because of his close ties with Israel.



20 posted on 01/18/2003 8:48:16 AM PST by kcvl
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To: catfur; Dog; hchutch
Thanks for the post!

So was this DA babette on the take from Uncle Soddomite too, or did Ritter bribe her from the vast amounts of blood money he has gotten from Uncle Soddomite the past years.

Or was this just an anti America/American act by a left winger for the traitor Ritter?
21 posted on 01/18/2003 9:31:19 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploaders-- A $5/month donation is a cheap way to treat the left wing disease of FREEPLOADING!))
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To: kcvl
Ritter apparently really flunked/bombed out on the lie detector test that the CIA gave him when Ritter wanted to join the CIA.

Of course this little story gets zero coverage from ABCNNBCNN and the NY Slimes. I found out about when Fox News, military advisor, the bald headed gentlemen was ripping into Ritter's very shaky background. He brought up about Ritter's failing of the CIA lie detector test. He said that Ritter really went off the edge when the CIA said no thank you.
22 posted on 01/18/2003 9:34:38 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploaders-- A $5/month donation is a cheap way to treat the left wing disease of FREEPLOADING!))
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To: MeeknMing
This a great cartoon of the traitor/Judas Ritter who has received blood money from Uncle Soddomite.


23 posted on 01/18/2003 9:38:32 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploaders-- A $5/month donation is a cheap way to treat the left wing disease of FREEPLOADING!))
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To: Grampa Dave
Or was this just an anti America/American act by a left winger for the traitor Ritter?

In this area, the question mark could be removed from that statement. Heck, I expect he'll be more in demand for those local speaking engagements now...

24 posted on 01/18/2003 9:52:42 AM PST by catfur
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To: Grampa Dave
Brand new. "Thank you Google Search!"...
25 posted on 01/18/2003 9:55:36 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bush IS a Genius! Now, just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: catfur
Agree. Hmmm, any law enforcement out there? just what kind of an infraction would be designated a Class B Misdemeanor

Possession of marijuana?

26 posted on 01/18/2003 9:58:00 AM PST by copycat (Arbeit macht frei.)
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To: kcvl
Interesting read that link in your post #15.

Amazing that this scum is walking freely among us. Although, he reportedly has complained about being tailed by the FBI so maybe homeland security is working...

27 posted on 01/18/2003 10:00:35 AM PST by catfur
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To: catfur
I wonder if he and his mentor, Ramsey Clark are holding hands and mincing down the streets of DC today in their Depends?
28 posted on 01/18/2003 10:00:59 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploaders-- A $5/month donation is a cheap way to treat the left wing disease of FREEPLOADING!))
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To: catfur
Yeah, when he gets fired by Fox and uncle Soddomite, he will be able speak at every left wing university in the country for decades.

He will get paid about $25,000 in our tax $'s to smear the US and endear himself to his fellow traitors at these universities.

Watch for him to set up his own phoney non profit or join up with Ramsey Clark to gather the 40 pieces of silver from those who hate America, here and abroad.
29 posted on 01/18/2003 10:03:49 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploaders-- A $5/month donation is a cheap way to treat the left wing disease of FREEPLOADING!))
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To: MeeknMing
I wonder how much Iraq is paying him ..I have thought he is blackmailing them( he knows something) and if it is found his money train ends...

I had to LOL when he acted like he was being slandered when his resignation letter was read......very strange

30 posted on 01/18/2003 10:17:48 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7
Reportedly, around $400,000. There were details around here last year...he did a tv program or something for the Iraqis, and basically stated they were innocent of WMD...if I remember correctly.
31 posted on 01/18/2003 10:22:39 AM PST by Judith Anne (This space for office use only.)
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To: woofie
How about carnal knowledge of a camel?
32 posted on 01/18/2003 10:23:55 AM PST by verity
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To: RnMomof7; Judith Anne
I wonder how much Iraq is paying him ..I have thought he is blackmailing them( he knows something) and if it is found his money train ends...

He was paid for his interest in a movie - $400,000. Some discussion on this article here on FR...

Also this FR article...

Scott Ritter in Pro-Iraq Movie Deal

33 posted on 01/18/2003 10:44:58 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bush IS a Genius! Now, just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: Labyrinthos
But are they the only reasons for having records sealed?
34 posted on 01/18/2003 11:18:30 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: copycat
Hmmm, any law enforcement out there? just what kind of an infraction would be designated a Class B Misdemeanor

Perhaps something to do with a public men's restroom?

35 posted on 01/18/2003 11:21:04 AM PST by ErnBatavia ((Bumperootus!))
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To: Dog Gone
"That's interesting. If you read the whole article, Scott seems to think it's a case of mistaken identity."

Scott seemed to think Saddam did and then did not possess chemical weapons or the means to deliver them either. His memory, combined with the firing of the assistant DA makes me wonder if Scotty's telling the truth. Maybe he was too drunk to recall...or somebody recieved some pocket lubrication?

36 posted on 01/18/2003 11:29:24 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: woofie
"Is being a jerk a misdemeanor?"

...Then everyone at today's anti-America rally would have been arrested.

37 posted on 01/18/2003 11:30:44 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: Labyrinthos
"In all fairness, however, the article indicates that he was charged, not convicted."

Maybe A.A.R.D. in which a misdemeaner wouldn't go on the person's record if they don't have a prior...goes for DWI's too. I don't if NY has that program though.

38 posted on 01/18/2003 11:33:42 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: MeeknMing
Great 'toon as usual Meek (been sidetracked over at the Patriot's Rally thread)
39 posted on 01/18/2003 11:36:27 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: copycat
Hey, who knows what the 2001 misdemeanor was. Ritter is quoted as saying there are several FBI investigations opened on him.

He's a loose cannon and a useful tool for all the left-wing media.

Wonder what promped this reporter's interest in the case. Hope we find out more soon.

40 posted on 01/18/2003 11:53:47 AM PST by catfur
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To: cake_crumb
Thanks !...
41 posted on 01/18/2003 12:30:05 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bush IS a Genius! Now, just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: Kevin Curry; cake_crumb; catfur; Donna Lee Nardo
Here's the poop... In New York, an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal ("ACD") essentially means that if the accused is a good boy for six months and complies with any conditions that the court might impose (such as community service, anger management classes, alcohol awareness classes, etc.), then the orignal charges are deemed a nullity and all records of the arrest and the resulting proceedings must be sealed from the public, although the records remain available to law enforcement personnel for good cause shown, parole and probation officers, and the local sheriff's department with respect to an application for a handgun permit. An ACD is a very common plea bargain for first time offenders who are charged with non-violent misdomeanors and violations regardless of the person's political connections.

As a side note, the person who writes the "Practice Commentaries" for the New York Penal Code, as published in McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York, is Prof. Peter Preiser, from Albany Law School. I wonder if he's related to the assistant district attorney who was fired over this incident.

Here are the Class B Felonies under New York Law: Self abortion in the 2nd degree, unlaful manufacture or distribution of an abortion device, adultry, criminal possession of an anti-security item, issuing a bad check, attempt to commit any misdomeanor, unlawful dealing with a child, unlawful collection practices, conspiracy in the 6th degree, misconduct by a corporate officer, failure to report criminal communications, criminal tampering in the 3rd degree, criminal trespass in the 3rd degree, loitering to use drugs,failure to report wiretapping, tampering with private communications, enterprise corruption, fireworks sale in excess of $500, fortune telling, unlawful possession of a graffiti instrument, harrassment in the 1st degree, creating a hazard, public lewdness, loitering for prostitution with prior conviction, unlawful possession or sale of marihuana in the 5th degree, menancing in the 3rd degree, criminal nuisance, perjury in the 3rd degree, patronizing a ho in the the 4th degree, unlawful possession of a radio device, reckless endangerment of property, rent gouging in the 3rd degree, sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, unlawful use of slugs in the 2nd degree, stalking in the 4th degree, tampering with private communications, and unlawful assembly. Take your pick.

42 posted on 01/18/2003 1:22:48 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: catfur
let me make this clear, I am an excellent speller and that promped should be prompted
43 posted on 01/18/2003 1:24:31 PM PST by catfur
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To: catfur
Someone should ask Scottie about this.
44 posted on 01/18/2003 1:30:30 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: Labyrinthos
As a side note, the person who writes the "Practice Commentaries" for the New York Penal Code, as published in McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York, is Prof. Peter Preiser, from Albany Law School.

hmm... yes interesting.

Thank you for your research and reply here. FReeregards

45 posted on 01/18/2003 1:32:48 PM PST by catfur
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To: mewzilla
Well, yes, someone has asked scottie about it and he said he knew nothing about it.

Someone should ask him about this the next time he appears as a talking head expert. Oh, I'm sure they will.... ahem thump... thump....thump waiting for the question...... tap... tap.... tap..... zzzzzzz

46 posted on 01/18/2003 1:48:00 PM PST by catfur
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To: catfur
"just what kind of an infraction would be designated a Class B Misdemeanor..."

Not very darn serious. Up to 3 mos. + $500.

As an example -

Also illegal (as a class B misdemeanor) is the unauthorized acquisition of information from a telephone company relating to its wires, cables, terminals, and so forth or concerning records of communications passing over its lines. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to three months in prison and a fine of up to $500.

47 posted on 01/18/2003 2:25:55 PM PST by lawdude
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LOL @ the PINGPINGPING!
48 posted on 01/18/2003 2:41:51 PM PST by Howlin (It's yet ANOTHER good day to be a Republican!)
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To: lawdude
Thank you for the added info. Freepers are the best.
49 posted on 01/18/2003 2:43:55 PM PST by catfur
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To: Labyrinthos
In all fairness, however, the article indicates that he was charged, not convicted.

In all fairness, just because the case was dismissed doesn't mean he wasn't guilty of whatever he was charged with.

For all we know, Ritter could have scared the living hell out of the prosecutor and judge. He sure scares me to death.

50 posted on 01/18/2003 2:44:59 PM PST by Howlin (It's yet ANOTHER good day to be a Republican!)
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