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Steve Coffey and Scott Iseman Successfully Defend State Senator Robert Ortt in Major Attorney General Prosecution

On June 27th, Stephen R. Coffey, along with associate attorney Scott W. Iseman, achieved a tremendous victory when Senator Robert Ortt was cleared of all felony corruption charges by Albany Court Judge Peter A. Lynch.

Times Union photo by Skip Dickstein

The hard-fought win, reported by the New York Times as a â’surprising rebuke of New York’s attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman,’ cleared Senator Ortt of all charges in a case based on allegations that he filed false disclosure statements with the state’s Board of Elections.  In his 10-page decision, Judge Lynch used strong language in dismissing the indictment against Ortt, a Republican from the Niagara Falls area and former mayor of nearby North Tonowanda.

The garnered case extensive publicity including USAToday, New York Daily News and Times Union.

Senator Ortt’s case marks the most recent triumph in long line of White Collar victories for O’Connell and Aronowitz.  Mr. Coffey and Mr. Iseman’s next White Collar case involves prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York (NYC), involving former high ranking New York State officials and regional Real Estate developers.

O’Connell and Aronowitz Criminal Defense practice is one of the most experienced in the Capital District representing clients across New York State. The firm’s criminal attorneys lawyers have over 75 years of combined experience and hundreds of successful cases.

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