Judge rules in Weisner's favor in public corruption case

Created: 02/11/2014 2:38 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

News10NBC has learned about a partial victory Tuesday for the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. Bob Weisner is a defendant in a multi-million dollar public corruption case. The judge in the case ruled Weisner can subpoena internal emails in the state attorney general’s office.

Since his indictment in Webster, Weisner’s attorney claimed it was a “political prosecution against Weisner.” Attorney James Nobles says it was highlighted in November when Weisner and the three other defendants were walked in handcuffs across Exchange Street prior to being indicted. The media was alerted to the perp walk by an email from the New York State Attorney General’s Deputy Press Secretary. The AG’s office says the email was “inadvertent and a mistake.”

The judge’s ruling says Weisner’s defense can subpoena all emails and texts between the attorney general, his staff, lawyers and the press office, but the judge also ruled he can examine all the material to make it is relevant before giving it over to the defense.

Weisner is accused of rigging bids on massive public projects. The judge still hasn't decided whether to drop the charges against Weisner and allow the AG's office to represent the case to a grand jury. 

In Tuesday's decision, Judge Noonan also allowed Weisner's attorney to subpoena all emails in the AG’s office prior to July 3. The issue here is when did the AG's office consider Weisner a suspect. The AG’s office has said in court that they didn't consider him a suspect until October. Weisner's attorney believes the AG's office considered him a suspect in late spring, early summer. Weisner's attorney says he believes internal emails in the AG's office will prove Weisner was a suspect prior to July 3.

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