Thursday, December 15, 2005

Who needs evidence?

I'd be curious to know just what sort of proof was in those records, as it seems like something that either the client or the county should have been required to have in hand...but it goes to show that sometimes success can be had even without every i dotted and t crossed.

Town jury acquits Macomb man accused of illegally possessing rifle
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Thursday, December 15, 2005
ROSSIE -- A Macomb man who was charged in March with illegally possessing a rifle was found innocent after trial Dec. 7 in Rossie Town Court.
Robert C. Young, 45, of 40 Mitchell Road, Macomb, was charged May 9 by state police with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a state Environmental Conservation officer noticed a rifle on a shelf at a bait shop he operates...He was accused this year of violating state law that prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms without permission from a judge.

Former Jefferson County Judge Lee Clary granted Mr. Young what is known as a certificate of relief from disabilities, giving him permission to possess a rifle in order to hunt, according to defense attorney Steven G. Ballan, Potsdam. And, while neither Mr. Young nor clerks at Jefferson County Court were able to find the certificate, his prison parole records confirmed existence of the certificate to the jury's satisfaction, according to Mr. Ballan.


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