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DA sends out subpoenas in upcoming campaign finance trial of Mayor Warren

Berkeley Brean
Updated: August 31, 2021 06:28 PM
Created: August 31, 2021 06:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County District Attorney's office sent out subpoenas to potential witnesses in the upcoming campaign finance trial of Mayor Lovely Warren and two of her top campaign officials from 2017. 

The subpoenas tell people they must be available to testify at the trial between Oct. 6 and Oct. 29, so the DA's office thinks this is going to be a three-week trial. We know of four people who received a subpoena Tuesday.

We contacted the lawyers for the mayor and the two other defendants. They tell us they did not get a heads up the subpoenas were sent out. 

The mayor, Albert Jones and Rosalind Brooks-Harris were indicted in October 2020 by a grand jury for breaking campaign finance laws. At the time of the indictment, Brooks-Harris was the city's finance director.

At the time of the indictment, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said over a four-year period, the mayor, Jones and Brooks-Harris schemed to raise more money than allowed and funneled it through a fraudulent committee to get an unfair advantage in the election. 

Here's how we described the allegations in October 2020: 

  • The mayor had a re-election committee called "Friends of Lovely Warren." People and companies could donate a maximum of $8,557 to her campaign.
  • In 2015, a political action committee started "Warren for a Stronger Rochester." Eventually, that name changed to "PAC for a Stronger Community."
  • The PAC could donate a maximum of $8,557 to the mayor's campaign. 
  • The allegation by the DA's office and the indictment is the donors who maxed out donations to the mayor's campaign account donated thousands to the PAC and the PAC spent money directly to the mayor's campaign. 

In July, Mayor Warren and her husband, Tim Granison, were charged with criminal possession of a firearm, which is a Class E felony, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of failure to lock/secure firearms in a dwelling. Those charges stem from a raid on the mayor's home during a months-long drug investigation. Granison is facing drug charges in federal court.

The mayor not facing any drug charges.

The potential trial for those charges won't happen until next year.

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