The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Monday, May 23, 2016

FRENCH IMMUNIZED



On a very special episode of...



It looks like D.A. (disaster area?) Joel Abelove declined to obtain a waiver of immunity from Troy Police Sergeant Randall French before French's grand jury testimony. A grand jury that gathered to determine if French committed a crime.

The district attorney's unusual decision not to require the officer, Sgt. Randall French, to waive his immunity from prosecution means he cannot face criminal consequences for his conduct during the April 17 shooting incident.

Nothing to see here. Move it along, move it along.


So, French could never really be indicted. If he was indicted, he had immunity from any prosecution. If he was not indicted, he would not be prosecuted.

Once again, let us be clear: this is not about Sergeant French. We have no reason to doubt his version of events. This is about process. A process that has been abused by District Attorney Abelove  like an alter boy in a room full of randy priests.

Perhaps this is a new policy. It would certainly cut down on prosecutions and save money.

We can only assume that Abelove knew what he was doing. Since his other missteps had the stink of politics, perhaps this was a clumsy attempt to court popularity with the PBA.

In any event, Abelove's attempt to poke his thumb in Cuomo's eye over Executive Order 66 makes Order 66 (of questionable necessity) look more necessary than ever. Ah, the delicious irony. No wonder the other DA's didn't want this guy leading the charge against Cuomo's order.

 So, who's lining up to run in 2018?




47 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was not an attempt to court popularity with the PBA, Abelove is too arrogant for that. This was a stupid and arrogant end run around the AG and the Governor that will inevitably end Abeloves career once and for all.

Anonymous said...

Not a day goes by that this Abelove character doesn't trip over his di....err ego.

Anonymous said...

The only one prosecuted as a result of this incident should be Abelove

Anonymous said...

Abelove may not be DA much longer. Allowing immunity for Sgt. French is clear misconduct, no DA has ever done anything similar. Abelove cannot face criminal or civil liability for discretionary decisions - but it is so over the top that the Governor may remove him. Next to impossible for AG to prosecute now. This however may only rebound against Sgt. French - likely that a Federal Civil rights case follows....

Anonymous said...

The problem with Joel's blunder is that the absence of an immunity waiver is so unheard of, and the presentation was so absurdly rushed, that it LOOKS like a coverup. It reeks of corruption and taints the police, even if they did nothing wrong. How is that fair? It's too bad Abelove can't stick to ruining his own reputation, instead of dragging a good cop down with him.

And despite the immunity, French could still be prosecuted in the federal system if the facts warranted. It would be unlikely, except thanks to the utterly incompetent way Joel handled this, there's a highbeam spotlight on the case. Now the AG, the BLM crowd and the media are out for blood. Great job, Joel.

Abelove is a dangerous disaster. Worse than D'Angelis. Ask any criminal lawyer in the Capital District of any political party.

Anonymous said...

How is it that Troy elects so many assholes? The city of broken toys.

Anonymous said...

Another week of Lou II so let's all focus on Joel.

Anonymous said...

Troy didn't elect Abelove. The voters of Troy selected Laquidera. The COUNTY elected Abelove.

Anonymous said...

Try reading some news Einstein. Abelove has fucked up so badly the story will eventually go national. I know it hurts to think too hard, but give it a shot.

Been around a while said...

The containing saga of the rogue DA. However the real news of the day is that both Mayor Madden and Mayor want to be Mantello seem to agree that the selection of the new Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development is a good one.
What hath God wroth. Five months into the new administration and we have peace at last. And if you believe that I ........you know the rest.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let us focus on a clearly dangerously incompetent hack whose actions have the potential to ruin lives. Go home, Harry, your bullshit is showing.

Anonymous said...

Another ADA is leaving. Cant have anything to do with Abeloves incompetence and stupidity.

Anonymous said...

Will somebody please explain to me how this Jackass even got through law school?

Anonymous said...

It has become painfully obvious that the only person Joel Abelove can put behind bars is himself.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why there is nothing on the immunity story in Francos Talk1300 Report. Just sayin.......

Anonymous said...

Looks like Flippers in some hot water now

Anonymous said...

Kind of like the PD. 10 people gone and you wonder why. Low pay and incompetent leadership.

Anonymous said...

Five months and no replacement for Bill C or Joe Mazz.

DrewCoop13 said...

Ha Ha!!

Anonymous said...

Haters gonna hate. Why don't yous stop hatin on Troy..i have personal relatives in troys councils and they Rock! If you hate Troy..why do you live her dawg?

Anonymous said...

Well said

Anonymous said...

When will this "story go national" Einstein? Like other dem posters with limited intelligence you make your brood proud.

Anonymous said...

At 1:16 AM, check out Huffington post then go to bed.

Phana24JG said...

I really want to go to bat for Abelove, but he is sure making it difficult. I appreciate his willingness to take on the AG and Gov, but it sure creates at least an appearance of overzealousness. However, I believe Cuomo has enough on his personal legal plate to get too involved with this situation. As far as the BLM crowd and their useless sycophants, who gives a damn about their opinions?

Anonymous said...

Made the New York Times as well.

Anonymous said...

The Huffington Post and the New York Times? Two bastions of the liberal left drivel. Now if it makes FOX news I'll listen.

Anonymous said...

The GOP has won more votes then the Democrat in presidential elections once since 1992. Stay in your right wing bubble. It's worked wonders. Fox is just GOP tv. The New York Times ain't perfect but it has run critical pieces on Clinton and Trump.

Anonymous said...

Abelove has said the Grand Jury cleared French. Not true, Joel Abelove cleared French.

Anonymous said...

"FOX News" is an oxymoron (I know it's a big word but look it up) but wait and see. I'll be on there too.

Anonymous said...

The commenter said "national news". What part of the phrase "national news" confuses you?

You people are so sad and dimwitted. Maybe you could work for Joel. Plenty of job openings, I hear.

Anonymous said...

FUX News is for FUX.

Anonymous said...

So what youre saying that French shot the slug for no reason? Wonder if Rodney mourns for the lawbreaker?

Phana24JG said...

The NYT has become meaningless drivel. The op-ed page is an intellectual joke, and Zsa-Zsa's Post is for the low-IQ SJW crowd.

Anonymous said...

Urban Dictionary-- Personal Relatives: When yo ho wraps her breastisis around your testies

Anonymous said...

Now a notice of claim has been filed naming Abelove. So it's not bad enough that he has turned the DA's office into a political tool to prosecute those on the other side while giving his republicans pals a free pass, it's not bad enough that Bill Chamberlains murderer still remains uncharged five months after he was brutally killed. Now the taxpayers are going to have to pay for his arrogance and incompetence. Enough!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's put Abelove in public stocks down at Harry's hole.

Phana24JG said...

LOL, as if we were not aware that Thevenin family was planning to try and cash in regardless. The only loss they most likely suffered was loss of future handouts. Just get some taxpayers on the jury. End of story.

Anonymous said...

You think so? Want to bet this case doesn't end with a six figure settlement?

Anonymous said...

Six figures would actually be on the low side. Abelove however has "absolute immunity" from liability for decisions made as aprosecutor. Doesn't mean he can't face ethics charges or be removed by the Governor....

Anonymous said...

Absolute immunity? Do some research. Abelove can and probably will face criminal charges for his actions. Ethics complaint or removal from office are the least of his problems.

Anonymous said...

Given someone a immunity is something his lawyer requires before putting him on the stand. Its very common practice.

Phana24JG said...

Anything in six figures would be outrageous. Although if you calculate the present value of all the future handouts, it may well reach six figures.

Anonymous said...

NYTimes editorial board today calls for removal of "rogue DA"

Anonymous said...

7:16 - No need for a lot of research, US Supreme Court has ruled several times that DAs have absolute immunity for decisions relating to prosecutions (See e.g. Imbler & Buclkey cases). Removal and/or ethics sanctions is where he may be hit.

Anonymous said...

Not at all common for Grand Jury. DA always (and I mean without exception) requires a signed waiver of immunity before allowing the subject of a presentation to testify because NY provides "transactional" immunization - so the witnesses cannot be indicted. The presentation was therefore a farce as Abelove's action guaranteed Sgt. French could not be charged.

Anonymous said...

No kidding 11:08, that's why the county gets sued, not him. The taxpayers end up paying for his incompetence. Does that make you feel better? Idiot.

Anonymous said...

Troys council can't respond to that ..it's just to classless. Plus it dont bother me in the least.