Court rules no new trial for Charles Tan

April 01, 2017 03:15 PM

Charles Tan, the Pittsford man who faced charges in his father's death, won't face another trial, an appellate court has ruled.

The decision Fourth District Appellate Division released its finding on Friday.

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Tan was charged with murder for the death of his father Jim Tan, but after a hung jury was declared in the case, a judge dismissed the charges.

Recently, the Monroe County District Attorney's Office questioned that decision and sought the appeal. Friday, the court denied the appeal unanimously.

In the decision, the court rules there is no statute to grant the district attorney's appeal. The judge say since there was no verdict, rather an order of dismissal was granted by the judge, the decision can't be appealed.

It's what Tan's attorneys have argued all along, but it's also what District Attorney Sandra Doorley said while speaking about the case on Dateline -- before the office worked on the new appeal.

While the judges said the decision can't be appealed, they did agree that Judge Piampiano's decision to dismiss the charges was incorrect.

The decision reads: "Were we able to review the merits, however, we would agree with the People that the court erred in dismissing the indictment."

So, in layman's terms, the appellate court says the law does not allow them to change Judge Piampiano's decision to dismiss the charges against Tan. However, they agree with the DA's office that Judge Piampiano made the wrong decision while handling the case.

Read the appeal


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