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Smith Motion

Smith Motion

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STATEOFNEWYORKCOUNTYCOURTCOUNTYOFRENSSELAERTHEPEOPLEOFTHESTATEOFNEWYORK,-against-AFFIRMATIONINSUPPORTOFMOTIONPURSUANTTOCPL§240.40(2)IndictmentNo.SPl1-1002IndexNo.235598EDWARDMCDONOUGHandMICHAELLoPORTO,Defendants.TREYSMITH,anattorneydulylicensedtopracticelawinthecourtsoftheStateofNewYork,underpenaltiesofperjury,affirms:1.IamtheSpecialDistrictAttorneyinthiscase.2.ImakethisaffirmationinsupportofthePeople'smotionforanorder(a)compellingthedefendantEdwardMcDonoughtoprovidespecimensofhishandwritingforcomparisontoentriesmadeinquestioneddocuments
in
thiscase,or,inthealternative,tostipulatethathemadesuchentries;(b)compellingthedefendantMichaelLoPortotoprovidespecimensofhishandwritingforcomparisontoentriesmadeinquestioneddocumentsinthiscase;(c)compellingdiscoveryastoallpropertynotdisclosedbythedefendantsuponthePeople'sdemandforsame;and(d)furnishingsuchotherandfurtherreliefwhichtothisCourtappearsjustandproper.3.Thisaffirmationismadeuponpersonalknowledge,anduponinformationandbeliefwhereindicated.EntriesAllegedlyWrittenbyMcDonough4.KevinMcGrath,acandidateforTroyCityCouncilintheSeptember15,2009primary,previouslyprovidedaswornstatement,attachedasExhibit"1,"inwhichheallegedthat
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he'witnessedMr.McDonoughfalselycompleteabsenteeballotapplicationsforThomasDickinsonandJenniferTaylor,specifically,thefieldsontheapplicationsunderthesectionslabeled"DatesyouwillbeoutofRensselaerCounty"and"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay."Copiesoftheabsenteeballotapplicationsof
Mr.
DickinsonandMs.TaylorareattachedasExhibits
"2"
and"3,"respectively.Thewritinginthe"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldfortheDickinsonapplicationishand-printed,andincursivefortheTaylorapplication.Mr.DickinsonandMs.Taylorbothallegethattheirballotapplicationswerefalselycompleted.5.AttachedasExhibit"4"aretheabsenteeballotapplicationsfor28otherabsenteeballotapplicationsinwhichthehand-printinginthe"DatesyouwillbeoutofRensselaerCounty"and"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldsappearhighlysimilartothatinMr.Dickinson'sapplication.TheapplicationswithinExhibit
"4"
correspond,inorder,totheforgerieschargedintheIndictmentinCountsTwo,FourthroughSixteen,andThirtythroughForty-Three.'6.AttachedasExhibit"5"isadocumentinwhichthe"DatesyouwillbeoutofRensselaerCounty"and"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldsfromtheDickinsonapplicationandthe28applicationsinExhibit"4,"believedtohavebeenforgedbyMr.McDonough,havebeencut-and-pasted.Thosefieldscorrespond,
in
order,totheforgerieschargedinCountsOneandTwo,FourthroughSixteen,andThirtythroughForty-Three.7.AttachedasExhibit"6"isadocumentinwhichthe"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldscorrespondingtotheforgerieschargedinCountsTwoandFivearemagnified.Bothcontainthewords,"CapeCod,"
!
CountThreepertainstoMs.Taylor'sapplication,which,again,wasincursive,notprinting.2
 
8.AttachedasExhibit"7"isadocumentinwhichtheword"visiting"isrepeatedinthemagnified"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldscorrespondingtoCountsFive,Eight,andTen.9.AttachedasExhibit"8"isadocumentinwhichtherootword"work"isrepeatedinthemagnified"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldscorrespondingtoCountsSix,Seven,Fifteen,Sixteen,Thirty-One,Thirty-Two,Thirty-Eight,Thirty-Nine,andForty.10.AttachedasExhibit"9"isadocumentinwhichthephrase"bustriptocasino"isrepeatedforthemagnified"WherewillyoubeonElectionDay"fieldscorrespondingtoCounts12and42.11.Inadditiontotheapparentsimilarityoftheabove-mentionedhandprintingtothatidentifiedasMr.McDonough'sbyMr.McGrath,thereistheadditionalcircumstancethatMr.McDonough'spositionasDemocraticCommissioneroftheBoardofElectionswouldenablehimtowritetheexcusesonsomanyabsenteeballotapplications.'Further,manyoftheentriessharetheuseofagerundtostartthephrase,e.g.,"recovering,""taking,""traveling,""visiting,"and"working."12.Basedupontheforegoingandotherfactsandcircumstances,Mr.McDonoughwasindictedforforgingabsenteeballotapplicationsofvotersnamedinCountsOnethroughSixteenandCountsThirtythroughForty-ThreeoftheIndictment.
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Indeed,inameetingheldinmyofficeonDecember2,2010,Mr.McDonough'sattorneyBrianPremorepresentedtomethatMr.McDonoughhadwrittentheexcusesontheabsenteeballotapplicationsidentifiedbyMr.McGrath,andunspecifiedothers.However,Mr.PremoallegedthatMr.McDonoughwasinnocentofanycrime,asheclaimedthatMr.McDonoughhadnotfabricatedtheexcuseshimself,butmerelywaswritingdownwhatwasdictatedtohimbyothers.3

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