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District attorney Mary Rain (right) during her campaign last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein.
District attorney Mary Rain (right) during her campaign last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence DA asks county judge to disqualify himself

There were more legal twists involving St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain's probe into two county spending issues Monday.

At the start of court in Canton, Rain asked county court Judge Jerome Richards to step down from all cases involving her office. Rain argued Richards couldn't be "detached and neutral".

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David Sommerstein
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"All of our cases, right," Rain confirmed to NCPR after the hearing.

Judge Richards took a brief recess, then he denied Rain’s application. He said she could renew the request if circumstances changed.

Judge Richards did disqualify himself last week from all proceedings involving Rain’s two probes: why county employees failed to renew a $500,000 dollar probations grant for victims advocates; and whether money spent on a microphone system in the legislative chambers was misappropriated.

Richards was the St. Lawrence County District Attorney ten years ago, a time period for which Rain has subpoenaed financial records and emails from key county officials.

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