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LaBuda ATV incidedent to be investigated by the state AG

September 30, 2016

Press release from Farrell's office:

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that the New York State Attorney General’s Office will investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the ATV crash that occurred on the property of Peter LaBuda, injuring him, involving County Court Judge Frank LaBuda on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Farrell made the decision to request a special prosecutor within 48 hours of his notification of the incident, and requested that the Attorney General handle this matter on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

“While I believe that my office could have fairly and impartially handled this matter, out of an abundance of caution and to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, I have requested that the Attorney General take over this case. All of the people involved in this incident, Peter Labuda, Frank LaBuda and the citizens of this County deserve a full, fair and independent evaluation of the facts of this case.”

“The Attorney General and the New York State Police will conduct an investigation. The Attorney General will have the power to prosecute any indictable offenses resulting out of this incident and have full prosecutorial powers on all matters related to this incident pursuant to Executive Law Section 63”, Farrell said.

Farrell said that he requested that the Sheriff of Sullivan County, who conducted the initial investigation, preserve any and all evidence that may have been obtained and cooperate fully with the Attorney General and the State Police as they independently investigate and review this matter. “I am confident that the Attorney General and State Police will conduct a thorough, comprehensive and professional review that will instill public confidence in the result, whatever it may be.” Farrell said.