Updated: October 06, 2020 08:37 AM
Created: October 06, 2020 06:34 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After the mayor and two other defendants pleaded not guilty on Monday, this case is expected to take many months moving forward.
While Mayor Lovely Warren did not talk to News10NBC as she arrived for her arraignment, dozens of people showed up, hoping to show the mayor and her two co-defendants their support. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a handful of people were allowed inside.
Warren, along with the city's current finance director, Rosalind Brooks-Harris, who was the treasurer of a political action committee and Albert Jones Jr., Warren’s campaign treasurer, allegedly used an illegal PAC to bolster fundraising during the mayor's 2017 re-election campaign.
Attorneys for Jones Jr. and Brooks-Harris say their clients have been transparent about their work during the campaign.
“[They have been] fully cooperative with the DA's office,” Brooks-Harris’ attorney Michael Schiano said. “They answered any and all subpoenas, were interviewed by the DA's office. For the last number of years, she's [Brooks-Harris] done whatever they've asked for in terms of supplying any information to them.”
John DeMarco, attorney for Jones Jr., acknowledges there “may be technical violations.”
“Due to the number of contributions and all the forms that need to be completed, there may be technical violations,” DeMarco said. “Certainly, at this point, I am not aware nor of the opinion that these technical violations in any way affected the substantive race.”
All three are due back in court on Jan. 12, 2021.
An out-of-county judge has been assigned to the case. On Monday, he said his schedule is full and if this goes to trial, it likely wouldn't be until May.
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