...on the murder of Bill Chamberlain. Sources close to The Troy Polloi have confirmed that the suspect in the Chamberlain slaying, Joseph Vandenburgh, did not work for the City of Troy and had never applied for employment with the city.
Initially, there was some confusion about Vandenburgh's past employment or would-be employment. The confusion likely arose because a different Vandenburgh has applied for a position with the City in recent years. Vandenburgh has not yet been charged in connection with Chamberlain's death.
ELECTION FRAUD REVISITED
Rensselaer County Democratic Election Commissioner Ed McDonough has pulled the trigger on an $8,000,000 lawsuit in connection with his 2012 acquittal for forging absentee ballots. McDonough's first trial ended in a hung jury.
McDonough's attorney, Brian Premo, filed a Notice of Claim shortly after the acquittal. There had been a copy of the Notice of Claim floating around someplace. Perhaps Franco had a copy on his old Tale Spin blog. All we recall about the Notice of Claim is that it was long, rambling and so chaotic it almost gave us a seizure.*We hope, for Ed's sake, Brian has drafted a more coherent complaint.
Although couched as a civil rights suit, this is, at its core, a malicious prosecution claim. McDonough will face an uphill battle on this one. The Grand Jury's indictment is prima facie evidence of probable cause. Further, prior to trial one would think his attorney served an omnibus motion which also sought dismissal for lack of probable cause. That was obviously denied.
McDonough has also opened himself up to being deposed by a number of defense attorneys. While he was acquitted and cannot be tried again for the same crime, no one ever looks after being questioned by a room full of defense attorneys being paid by the hour.
Release the hounds!
* It may have been written in crayon