Ex-prosecutor: Cayuga County DA secretly withheld key evidence in 15 cases
AUBURN, N.Y. – Tyrone Matthews could've been sentenced to 23 more years in prison than his case warranted.
He was charged as a drug dealer, not as the guy who brought the dealer and buyer together.
His role as a go-between was spelled out in a police report that was not initially turned over to Matthews' lawyer.
Under the law, a prosecutor has to give accused criminals any evidence that they can use in their defense.
The former assistant Cayuga County district attorney who initially handled Matthews' case told the defense lawyer about the undisclosed police report in January. A judge later ordered the district attorney, Jon Budelmann, to turn it over.
The ex-assistant DA, Jeffrey Domachowski, says Budelmann had ordered him not to disclose the report and secretly withheld similar evidence in 14 other drug cases over the past eight years.
Budelmann fired him in June for bucking the DA's practice of not disclosing evidence to defendants and county grand juries, Domachowski said.
"It's the Dukes of Hazzard out there," Domachowski said. He filed a notice of claim against the county, preserving his right to sue and accusing Budelmann of malfeasance for and retaliation.
Budelmann denied the allegations and said Domachowski was fired for unethical conduct.By John O'Brien | firstname.lastname@example.org
on October 31, 2016 at 9:05 AM