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?