Thursday, April 29, 2010

RAHN JURY REACHES VERDICT ...

  
GUILTY on 7 counts

NOT GUILTY on 2 counts
(related to his stolen weapon)
  
Sentencing to be in July

Story

SCATS ~~ Was justice really served? The judge overruled Parrinello's request to include certain questions in what was read back to the jury!

From the D&C: "The readback was initially concluded at 2 p.m., but jurors were told to suspend their deliberations after Parrinello objected that the readback didn’t include some pertinent testimony by Elmore.
Affronti ordered some additional testimony to be read back, but overruled part of Parrinello’s request. The judge, however, allowed Parrinello to read into the record the questions and answers Parrinello wanted jurors to hear so the issue would be preserved for an appeal, if Rahn is convicted."
    



32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry for the people here who will be upset to learn that Merit Rahn has been found guilty of these charges. You who sympathised with him must be very sad to now know that a jury of his peers felt so strongly that he really did all those bad things.

Anonymous said...

the fix was in

SCATS said...

To 5:40PM ~~ The best is yet to come! Can't wait until on appeal the whole thing gets tossed out and a mistrial is declared.

Anonymous said...

This will remain in the news for years to come. The haunting of John Auberger.

Anonymous said...

He has many procedural complaints that will make for a good appeal. Why did the judge not allow all those questions to be asked and answered?
The judge seemed to be biased against the defense lawyer. Why did the jury have to listen to all the testimony surrounding counts that were dismissed? That was wrong that the judge waited until the jury was tainted by listening to all of that before he dismissed those counts.

Anonymous said...

So Merritt gets convicted and no one else is involved? Is this the beginning of the "Teflon John" era in Greece government?

Anonymous said...

I am THRILLED with the outcome. There is no scorn worse than a former attorney and chief of police who got burned in a trial by the Super!

Now the shi* can really come out. There's blood to be let in the appeal!

GREAT JOB JURY!!!

Anonymous said...

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, "First Assistant District Attorney Sandra Doorley said the trial showed that the District Attorney’s Office would not hesitate to prosecute public officials for wrongdoing."

Walts, Imon and Johnson remain un-prosecuted. 'nuf said.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Loszynski report will finally be released. Or will we have to wait until after Rahn is sentenced?

Anonymous said...

Rahn deserves whatever he gets. But Auberger was the evil Wizard calling the shots. He walks away clean after presiding at the coronation of the new police leadership officers promotions today. Choices made by Auberger and Lozsinski with no input from the new chief. Reward time at the OK Corral for the loyal partisans that kept Auberger clean. But what about the $1m paid out to Lozsinski and puppets. Oh well, the price of progress!
Greece is a cesspool! And it isn't about to change. And you know who to thank. And to think of it, the Greece school system is a "tidy" cesspool of waste, incompetence and political bullying. What a great town we live in!

Anonymous said...

Summing up........ the judge tosses three counts after making the jury sit through untold days and hours of unnecessary testimony and winess appearances. Then the jury finds Rahn innocent of two more charges also dealing with filing false instruments. Seems to me that the Loszynski, the police, the DA and the judge have no clue about what the law really is regarding that sort of charge. It also seems like Rahn was only 7/12 guilty. I think the other 5/12's of guilt should be falling on Auberger's backside.

Anonymous said...

To 6:46PM..Walts, Imon and Johnson remain "unprocecuted" because we had (and may still have) a corrupt police department. There were several of us who complained and filed police reports with the top brass including Rahn regarding these school district employees and it went NO WHERE because the GPD told the DA we were just a bunch of disgruntled residents. The DA can only go after those criminals when the local police do THEIR JOB, collect evidence, file reports and give a rat's ass. They did none of the above.

SCATS said...

To 7:28PM ~~ I agree with you. In fact, Michael Bihrle, who sat on Moscato's complaint about the GCSD three got his reward today in the form of a promotion to Lt. I wonder how much these 16 promotions, the party tent, refreshments, catering, printing costs, employee time, etc. cost us on top of Loszinski, the trial costs and everything else? Maybe $1.5 million total? To think we've spent that much and haven't gotten the biggest fish (Auberger & his cohorts) or a bunch of accessory carp in GPD is another crime in and of itself!

SCATS said...

Oh and let's not forget the biggest cost of all: SETTLING ALL OF THOSE LAWSUITS!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Rahn managed to get coverage of the GPD promotions knocked out of the headlines. Better luck next time, Auggie.

Anonymous said...

Poor Merritt Rahn! This is not fair. He's innocent. That jury was clearly bought off by the DA for them to believe any of Doorley's lies. The feds need to step in and investigate Green's office. But we all know that won't happen because Green's a Democrat and Obama will protect him and not allow a federal investigation to take place. SCATS, we need to start a Free Merritt campaign on this site. Will you and those here who believe Merritt is innocent of all charges please help?

Anonymous said...

Doorley, Green and Auberger claim the legal system works oh so wonderfully.
Has the DA already forgotten that James Smith's case was trumped up and bogus? Maybe he suffers the same memory problems that plague Auberger.
What about Rod Scott's case? He never should have been arrested let alone charged and tried.
Then there's the worst of all outcomes, Sterling who served 18 years after a wrongful conviction, but Green doesn't want to point the finger of blame at anyone. Why not? That was as wrong as anything Rahn ever did by at least 10 times over.
When criminals like Walts and Auberger skate freely away, our freedom is lessened and our future is imperiled. Justice has not been served, but a heaping helping of baloney has.

SCATS said...

To 10:48PM ~~ "We"? When did I appoint you as my spokesperson?

To 11:27PM ~~ I'd add Gerald Phelan and Roger Boily to your list of people who have skated ;) But if you saw the response of the sheeple on the TV news tonight then you already know, the scandals are ALL "in the past." (wink, wink!!)

SCATS's stock tip of the year ~~ Invest in Dupont, makers of Teflon ... the coating that keeps Greece politicians from owning the messes they make!

Anonymous said...

As I said at the beginning of this trial, Rahn was put in a bag, tied at the ancles and beaten to a pulp by Team Green along with the DA emaritus Howard Relin. They proved tom Cook's empire has died when Afronti pulled the crap he did inthat Courtroom.
The statue of Justice wears a blindfold so she can't see what a cheap whore she has become in NYs 7th Judicial District.

Sandy baby stands there in front of a camera yapping about how well the system works, I sure didn't see anybody from Team Green extolling their virtue and justice after the Jim Smith or Rod Scott trials. Team Green might not have won those but they damn sure extracted blood and fluids from both Smith and Scott via their wallets and reputations.

For those who believe the DA's office can only bring a case when the cops build it for them, please extract your head from the unsanitary place. A DA can bring any case infront of the Grand Jury and I assure you Team Green has a very large staff of "investigators"who can if they choose develope a case.

Team Green also spent a ton of money fighting to protect Relin's misconviction inthe Manville case. Does it seem odd to anyone that school records at Hilton Central can be found in 2010 confirming Cristy arrived late, but couldn't be found at the time of the murder? Good investigative work by Pat Crow my ass. Pat saw an easy closure and a guaranteed continuation in CID where he didn't belong. Of course Pat found Jesus and an innocent man spending almost 19 years in the slam is all OK for Pat, he has been forgiven.

Nice mess we got ourselves here folks, one hand washes the other, and you damn well best hope your godfather stays in power long enough to get to your pension.

Now, who hauled Nikki home? Are waiting for the contest to end, or shall we look at what white vehicle was at a multistory motel at the corner of Ridge & Latona in the wee hours of the morning to pick Mr Joseph up? Here's a hint, the vehicle did not belong to the Town.

What happens next?
Does Merrit go off to the slam with Nikki and Piglet?

Does Merrit head over to State St to talk to some connections he hopefully maintained from years gone by? Did you notice John Parinello did not mention appeal when he was interviewed?

Who gets to meet Mr Handcuff next?

SCATS said...

To 12:51AM ~~ The "certain local fire chief" is currently winning the race in the poll on here. Is that close? ;) Please use initials and a title. Full names will likely get edited, thank you.

Regarding Parrinello & an appeal, it was stated on at least two news programs that an appeal would not be handled by Parrinello. Berkeley Brean mentioned that Parrinello would likely say he laid the necessary groundwork for an appeal should Rahn choose to go that route.

Anonymous said...

Rahn should get 2 years, but Parrinello should get 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, no money for appeal. If sentence is for a year or less, there will be no appeal.

Anonymous said...

7:28 (Hi, Joe!), 7:58 (SCATS) -

The DA can prosecute without the local PD's involvement, but only when there is actual wrongdoing to prosecute. It's really that simple.

I'm no Walts lover (there appears to have been plenty of those), but the facts and the truth are what they are.

According to the DA, there's nothing to your allegations.

On the other hand, according to regionally recognized experts in education, Walts is a top notch Superintendent that is worthy of recognition as such. Maybe Greece should require its next superintendent to shadow Walts for a month as part of their new contract.

Anonymous said...

Did you hear Dorley on the radio this AM? How totally inappropriate is that?

SCATS said...

To 2:58AM ~~ Really? What was Parrinello convicted of?

To 6:03AM ~~ Thanks for your wrong "opinion." I don't know who wrote 7:28PM, but I am sure it was not Joe. FYI, I'm unaware that the DA ever made such a determination! Instead, they used the facts as a tennis ball, batting them back & forth, here & there without ever acting or "determining."

Regarding Steve Walts, he has successfully conned another group into accepting him as their educational messiah. In the words of a PWCS resident who refused to drink the Kool-aid: " ... that guy's teflon. I think he's extremely savvy in seeking out communities like yours and ours that he realizes have no oversight and no accountability so he goes in and "owns the place." "

SCATS said...

To 11:09AM ~~ I missed it. Was she gloating as usual? I saw Green standing behind her on the news. He could barely contain himself.

Anonymous said...

To nightowl at 12:51am

Why would Green be so close to the former police chief at the awards promotion ceremony yesterday? They were congratulating each other and very happy. What is the connection there? Do you know?

Anonymous said...

Initials, you want initials, they're the same as the initials of British Petroleum. Can you say this #^@'s for you? Thkin of the beer with the wagon pulled by a team of Clydesdales.

A little information for those not conversant with how Courts & juries work; the Judge is the trier of law, and supposedly the jury is the trier of facts. Roughly that translates to 12 people who really have little or no understanding of what they are being allowed to hear making a decision that will impact someone's life tremendously.

In the instant case Team Green splattered crap at Rahn for months, the job was well done and could even be seen on this site. Remember the big publicity campaign on shredded documents, Rahn using a cop to jumpstart a car he was selling, each and every possible event of his carear that made him look like a badguy was sent to the willing tools of the media, and published because the media doesn't want to be dropped from the FAX list.

I'll clearly state I've knonw and know Merrit for over 30 years, and honestly never liked the man or a good number of his actions. He operated as close to the line as possible and often gave the line a push, but Merrit Rahn deserved a fair trial if such is possible.

When a jury is required to listen to a case involving a large number of charges there is the natural inclination for the jury to begin the trial thinking this defendant did something.
Throw in a few days of blaming Rahn for the detested Pignato, and a few more on the vile Joseph, and Rahn hired them, and Rahn's goose was cooked.
Then tell the jury to stop thinking about pink elephants. Hey these jurors are average citizens, not trained legal minds, they cannot forget or ignore testimony they heard about the horrible man in the Defendant chair.

Lengthy indictments filled with multiple charges are almost guaranteed wins for the DA. The jury figures the bastard must have done something and deserves to be punished, so they wander about the charges and pick a few they think the defendant is guilty of. 12 people who all have short attention spans and probably poor memory skills were bombarded by that nice lady doing the public's good work. Even the Judge kept slapping the evil septigenarian down when he objected.

Merrit Rahn did not receive a fair trial by any standard. He was convicted by shortcomings in the trial system, not by evidence.

Defense attorneys try a case to one of 2 possible outcomes, either a verdict of Not Guilty, or a sufficiency of appealable issues for their client to appeal a conviction. This is what Parinello did, and he did it well.

Parinello is not an appeal lawyer, and has never by my recollection taken an appeal. That is a seperate area of practice from defense work.

The offer Rahn rejected Sunday before trial was 2 years in the slam. Rahn believed he was best served going to trial. He was obviously wrong, but Guilt and Innocent should not be Lets Make a Deal. Rahn will get a slammed for a good number of years as an additional punishment for making the people prove their case at trial. That's how the game is played. Look for a minimum of 8 years.

Personally I hope the Feds are interested enough to talk to Rahn and he opens his mouth for the first time in 30 years. Rahn is a dungheap in my opinion, but he didn't get the fair trial the Constitution calls for. Evidently the standard has become "He must have done something so lets convict on what is charged.

Anonymous said...

"This Bud's for you." I can say it.

Anonymous said...

I thought the D and C article filled with quotes form people around town hall was predictable but still bad.
Meaghan hit a new low.

SCATS said...

To 5PM ~~ What everyone needs to realize is that folks in/around Town Hall the last few days are mostly there to participate in all of the "good news" Uncle Auggie is manufacturing this week. Consider the source ;)

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the gun wasn't a big deal in 2000 and the evidense has not changed from that date to present when it was presented to the jurory. So why is it now. There were three reason why we had reasonable doubt and found Rahn not guilty. This is where Auberger looks like a bumbling idiot who was in the highest position of authority for the town of Greece.

Pignato, well Rahn did put that memo of recommendation on the background check, it was he who lied about the three officers that were interviewed and said nothing negative and turned all of this over to Mr. Spencer to be filed. He was guilty of this.
But, Auberger's involvement is clearly there. This is where Mr. Auberger walks away clean.

The charges against Rahn for the Nick Joseph case, well their was no doubt of guilt here and Rahn could of changed the entire thing over to be positive the day he got the phone call from Nick and Elmore. Granted that imcompetant Sgt. Sackmorne(?)(in spelling) screwed the whole thing up when he arrived their at the accident scene and to see that he only got demoted was not enough, he should of been put doing security at an Ames Store after that blunder. Now, because of his actions, we are going to be sued by Alexis Sharpe and daughter. Did you know that this police Sgt. has caused our town in the past a hefty settlement to avoid a lawsuit, I believe the dollar amount on that was over two hundered K.
Anyways, Rahn was the chief and had many options here that would of saved himself and others but choice not too until it was to late. He was obviously guilty on all of the charges according to how the law was read to us.

Chuck aka: Juror 9