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Transition in New York: criminal justice

This week, North Country Public Radio is speaking with North Country members of Eliot Spitzer's transition team. These are the people who are helping the Governor-elect formulate his policies going forward. Lee Clary of Black River sits on the criminal justice transition committee. Clary retired as a Jefferson County Court judge in 1999. He served as Jefferson County's district attorney for 10 years. He spoke with David Sommerstein about the Rockefeller drug laws, civil confinement of sex offenders, and the local justice court system. Clary says rural communities deal with a different mix of crimes than cities.  Go to full article

Local justice scrutinized in North Country

Town and village judges hold a lot of power over the people who come before their courts. They can send people to jail or levy fines. But a New York Times report published this week found widespread examples of incompetence and improper behavior, especially here in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Court change needs legislature, Governor

State officials have begun implementing reforms to the local court system in New York, including a new measure requiring local courts to keep records of legal proceedings and more training for local judges. Lawrence Marx is administrative director for the State Office of Court Administration. He's the man who will make those changes. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

NY Times finds abuses in North Country courts

A report published this morning in the New York Times alleges widespread incompetence and abuse of power in New York's system of town and village courts. The article, based on a year-long investigation by the Times, focuses on six local courts in the North Country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg To Consider Law to Prohibit Sex Offender Loitering

Ogdensburg's Town Council will consider a law tonight that would bar sex offenders from living within 800 feet of any school, park or playground. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Disaster Spurs Legislation, Lawsuits

State Senator Betty Little has introduced a bill that would require blood tests for boat captains involved in serious accidents. The legislation follows the capsizing of the Ethan Allen on October 2 on Lake George. That accident left twenty elderly passengers dead. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

After GOP Rift, Essex DA Race Turns Ugly

The Essex County district attorney race has been ugly and controversial. Independent and Conservative candidate Debra Whitson from Willsboro lost the Republican primary but decided to stay in the race. She has since accused her Republican rival of once living with a drug dealer. The GOP's candidate, Julie Garcia from Schroon Lake, says the claim is false and has announced plans to sue Whitson for defamation of character. The race was first thrown into turmoil last spring when Republicans declined to endorse veteran DA Ron Briggs. Ed Forbes is editor of the Lake Placid News. The weekly paper's latest issue has an in depth report on the Essex County race. He tells Brian Mann that the divisive campaign reflects deep divisions within the GOP.  Go to full article

DA Hopefuls Spar Over Experience, Prescription Drugs

The candidates for St. Lawrence County District Attorney are entering the home stretch of what could be a closely contested race. Acting DA Gary Miles is running on the Republican ticket, even though he's a Democrat. He face a strong challenge from Democratic candidate Nicole Duvé. As David Sommerstein reports, the campaign has been a bitter one, with controversy surrounding a crackdown on prescription drugs.  Go to full article

County Surveys Attitudes on Sex Offenders

If you live in St. Lawrence County, you may be getting a phone call to talk about sex offenders. The county's probation office is conducting a phone survey to find out people's attitudes about people who commit sex-related crimes. More than 250 sex offenders live in St. Lawrence County. About 100 of them are supervised by the probation office. Director Francine Perretta says the survey is part of an effort to better help victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and those who live near them. She spoke with David Sommerstein. She says the survey asks people to evaluate various statements.  Go to full article

North Country Girl Found Dead, Quebec Suspect Arrested

A girl who spent much of her childhood in Mooers in northern Clinton County, was found dead yesterday. 16-year-old Shanna Poissant was located by Canadian police near a bike path north of Hemmingford, in Quebec. As Brian Mann reports, a 23-year-old Canadian man has been arrested.  Go to full article

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