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McDonough Brief

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STATEOFNEWYORKSUPREMECOURTCOUNTYOF.RENSSELAERPEOPLEOFTHESTATEOFNEWYORKAffirmationinSupportofMotionsForDisqualificationofSpecial
DistrictAttorney,Dismissalof
Indictment,ReleaseofGrand
Jury
Minutes;AppointmentofSpecialDistrictAttorneyandOtherRelief
~against-
EDWARDMcDONOUGHand
MICHA.ELLoPORTO,
Defendants..EdwardG.McDonough,underthepenaltiesofperjury,being
duly
sworndeposesandstates,asfollows:1.I
ama
nameddefendantandfull
y
familiarwiththisactionandmatter.
r-.~
2.Isubmitthisaffidavitinsupportofmotions
forOrders
oftheCourt:
Disqualifying
theSpecialDistrictAttorneyC'SDA");
Dismissing
the
Indictment;
DirectingtheRele~oftheGJMinutes;AppointingaSpecialDistrictAttorney
with
authoritytoinvestig~t~thisand
past
incidents
ofvoterfraudand/or
forgery;
and,
granting
suchotherreliefas
ih~
Courtdeemsjustandproper,
upon
thegroundsstatedintheaffirmationofmyattorney
BrianD,Premo,Esq.submittedinsupportofthemotions.Ialsorespectfullyrequest
t@
theCourtconduct
any
hearingasrequiredorappropriateindeterminationofanymotion;
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3.
This
affidavitismadeuponpersonal
knowledge
ofthefactsand
upon
information
andbelief,thesourcesandgroundsofwhicharethepapersanddocumentsdisclosed
by
theSDA,
includingwitness
statements;documentsobtainedfromtheRensselaerCounty
BoardofElections("BOE"),includingthoseattached;paperscontainedwith.inthefile
maintained
bymy
attorneyregardingthismatter;personalconversationswithMcinerney,
theSDA,RensselaerCountyDistrictAttorneyRichardMcNally,KevinO'Malleyand/or
others;andallpriorproceedings.
4.Iha-vereviewedthesupportingaffirmationof
my
attorney
andincorporatehereinby
referenceallofthefactualallegationscontainedtherein.1.Interviews
by
StatePoliceSr.Inv,OgdenandWrittenStatements5.OnNovember19and
December
7~2009,Imet
with
Sr.
Inv,
Ogdenconcerning
theinvestigationbeingconductedbySpecialProsecutorTreySmith("SDK')regarding
thematterof
Christian
Lambertsen
v.
LawrenceBugbee,Edward
},fcDonought
RensselaerCountyBoardofElections,etal.
(IndexNo,230629/RJI41-1029-2009)and
relatedOctober.2,2009,SupremeCourtDecisionandOrder/Judgmentprohibitingtheopeningand/orcountingofcertainchallengedabsenteeballots
("AB")
purportedlycast
in.
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theSeptember15,2009primaryelectionoftheWorkingFamiliesParty("WFP").Ialsoexecutedthe"wittenstatementsprepared
by
theinvestigatoronthosetwodates.
,
6.At
thetimeofthoseinterviews,
it
wasmy
beliefthatthecriminal
investigation
concernedtheforgery
of.
the
approximatelythirty-five(35)invalidated
A.B
and/or
applicationsforabsenteeballot
(".!\AB")
thatwerethesubjectofthatmatter.Iwas
nevertold
that
Iwasasuspectortargetof
any
investigation,althoughSr.Inv.Ogdensaidasa
formalityhehadtoadvise
me
ofmyMirandarights,whichhedid.7.
Also,
Iwas
never
askedany
specific
questionsabouttheAABorABfiled
with
theBOE
by
Kevin
McGrath
or
any
personotherthanJohnBro"INUduring
the
interviews.
8.Inretrospect;
it
iscleartomethatthe
investigatordid
notwantanyotherrelevantinformationfrommeconcerningtheallegedvoterfraudandforgeryofAABandAB
becauseIwasalreadytargetedforprosecution,despitethefactthatIhadabsolutelynoinvolvementinthecommissionofanyoftheallegedcriminalacts.FirstInterview'Nith.NYSP
9.Duringthefirstinterview,thegeneraltopicsdiscussedwere:(1)theAABthatwerefiledwithThe
Rensselaer
County
Board
of
Elections
C'BOE")
in
relationto
thatWFPprimarybyTroyCity
Council.
member/candidateJohnBrownaswellastherelated
AB
thatwere
deliveredat
his
requesttotheofficeofTroyCityClerk/DemocraticParty
workerBillMclnerneylaterthat
day
andfiledattheBOEbySaraCouchthenextday;and(2)theLoPorto'srestaurantmeetingthatIattendedaftertheissue
concerning
theABwasreported
in
thelocalnewspapers.
SecondInterviewwithNYSP10,Duringthesecondinterview,thetopicofdiscussionconcernedthedeliveryofthe.ABtoMclnerney'sofficeandSr.Inv.
Ogden
madeclear
th.
atheknewthematerialand
relevantfactsregardingthatmatter.
U.Interview
by
SDA:withou.tCounsel:ThreatofProsecutionandConflictofInterestandAppearanceofImpropriety
11.Thereafter,onoraboutJanuary2009,Sr.Inv.OgdentoldroethattheSDA
wantedme
to
meethimattheStatePoliceBrunswickstation.
PriorDealings
with
SDA
12.Ihadpreviouslymet
with
theSDAseveraltimesandononeormoreofthoseoccasionsRepublicanBOECommissionerLawrence
Bugbee
andI
explained
to
him
the
BOE
practice,procedure
andpolicy
concerningtheissuanceandfilingofAABandAB.
13.BugbeeandIalso
told
SPSmith
ilia"!
itwasalong
established
bipartisan
practice,
procedureand
defacto
policyoftheBOEto
avoid
potentialdisenfranchisement
by
enteringinformation
provided
by
prospectiveABvotersortheirrepresentativeonto
signedbutincompleteAAB,forexample,wherethedesignatedspacefor"Wherewill
 
youbeonElectionDay"isnotfilled-in
and
thevoter,thepersondesignatedontheMBtoreceivetheABoranotherrepresentativeprovidesthatinformationtoaBOEemployee.14.IhadalsoassistedinproducingthecontestedabsenteeballotsandtheirapplicationsatthehearingheldbeforeSupremeCourtJusticeHon.Michael
C.
Lynch
On
oraboutOctoberl,2009.15.TheSDAnevertoldmethatIwasasuspectortargetof
any
investigationor
that
Ishouldnotmeet
with
him
withoutanattorneybeforerequestingthatIdoso.Iwouldnothavemet
with
him
at
any
timewithoutanattorneyhadIknownthatIwas
a.
targetofhis
investigationorthat
he
hadanypersonalanimusagainstmeor
any
otherconflictingpersonalorpoliticalinterestin
prosecuting
mefortheallegedvoter
fraud
and
forgeryinlieuofanypersonresponsibleforthecommissionofthoseallegedcrimes.16.However,inviewofallthefacts,thecredibleevidenceandtheSDNsactions,
it
ismy
firm
beliefthat
theSDAmademe
the
target
ofhisinvestigationandprosecutionbecauseofsomepersonalanimushehas
against
me.
It
isalso
my
firmbeliefthattheSDAhasbroughtthisbaselesspoliticalprosecutionagainstmeandLoPortoinlieuofthoseDemocratincumbentsandpartyworkerswhoareimplicated
by
substantialcredibleevidenceashavingbeeninvolvedintheallegedvoterfraudandforgery,primarilytoadvancehisownpersonalinterestsandapparentpoliticalambition.
Meeting
with
SDAtVi.thoutCounsel
17.I
met
withtheSDAattheStatePoliceBrunswick
stationon
January27~2010.WhenIarrived,Sr.Inv.Ogdenescortedmeintoanoffice,seatedme
in
frontofadeskandlefttheroom.Aboutfive(5)minuteslater,theSDAsilentlyenteredtheroomalone,satacrossfrommeandopenedafilefoldertoexposeaTimesUnionarticlerelatedtotheinvestigationthathadmyphotographprominentlydisplayed.Hefumbledwithvariouspapersandthen,withoutlookingatme,askedifIwantedadrinkalthoughIhadplacedancar-fullbottleofwateronlyinchesfromhisfilefolder.18.
TI1.e
SDAbegantalkingbyaskingme
if
Iknewthedefinitionofirony,Hethen
saidthatyearsagohemovedtoRensselaerCountyfromTexasandmadea
"solid
reputation"
forhimselfbyworkingveryhardasan.AssistantDistrictAttorneyunderDistrictAttorneyJames
B.
Canfield.Headdedthatfellowstaffmembersteasedhimbecausehehadacotinhisofficewhereheoftenspentnightspreparingcases.19.Initially;IthoughtthattheSDA'sself-aggrandizingstatementsweremerelymadetoimpressmebutIsoonrealizedthattheywereintended,andtaken,asthreatsofcriminalprosecutionforpersonalandpoliticalreasons.20.Specifically,theSDAsaidthatwhenDACanfieldstepped-downfromofficeforSupremeCourt,hewantedtobetheDemocraticcandidateforDA,butwastoldthathe
neededthe
supportof
my
deceased
father,
EdwardF.Mclzonough,whowasthe
RensselaerCountyDemocraticPartyChairman.HewasalsotoldthatheshouldpurchaseatickettoaDemocraticPartyfundraisertotalktohimaboutthematter.
It
was
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