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Stammel picks under-indictment Abelove as Rensselaer city attorney

Dec 23, 2019 12:34 am
Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Times Union that Republican Rensselaer Mayor-elect Michael Stammel has asked former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove to be the city's part-time city attorney. He would work in the City Hall where a special county grand jury indicted him for perjury and official misconduct in a case involving a fatal police shooting of a DWI suspect. Abelove, also a Republican, would make $9,000-a- year after he taking office Jan. 1. But, while Stammel is offering Abelove the job now, "I’m going to wait until I see what happens in the case he has pending,” said Stammel. Abelove is charged with first-degree perjury, a felony that could mean up to seven years in prison, and two counts of official misconduct, which are misdemeanors. His case is before Supreme Court Justice Jonathan D. Nichols of Columbia County, who previously dismissed the case but was overruled on appeal. Read more about this story in the Times Union.
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