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#931369 --- 12/05/08 06:25 AM Re: Harris Trial [Re: Teacher73]
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Originally Posted By: Teacher73
He owned a house on the lake near me for a period of time about 8 - 10 years ago. My favorite story was when the new owners contacted the water dept. concerning changing over the water bill it was discovered that Harris hooked up the water line to the house an the sly without telling anyone. Of course there was no water meter either. A regular peach of a guy!


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#979559 --- 02/15/09 12:36 AM Re: Harris Trial [Re: Cleopatra]
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Harris trial: DA seeks new judge

For the second time in the Calvin Harris murder case, Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene has asked the judge to step aside.

With Harris' retrial scheduled to begin Wednesday in Tioga County Court, Keene filed a motion late Friday asking Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith to recuse himself from presiding over the bench trial. Keene's filing was not disclosed Friday, but was confirmed Saturday by William Easton, one of two attorneys defending Harris.

Neither Smith nor Keene could be reached for comment.

Keene's reasoning for the change was not disclosed, but it is believed he may have cited the judge's previous comments about key witness Kevin Tubbs.

It is the second time in this case that Keene has called out the judge. The first murder trial was delayed in December 2006 when Keene requested Judge Vincent Sgueglia bow out. At the time, then-defense attorney Joseph F. Cawley Jr. said Sgueglia, in the judge's chambers, told counsel on both sides he intended to dismiss the indictment against Harris. Three days later, Keene filed a motion asking Sgueglia to recuse himself, alleging the judge had shown favoritism to Cawley and his client.

Sgueglia denied the accusations, but recused himself anyway. An administrative judge appointed Smith two days later.

By Nancy Dooling • ndooling@gannett.com • Staff Writer • February 14, 2009

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#1022791 --- 05/12/09 07:11 AM Re: Harris Trial [Re: newsman38]
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Harris team asks judge to remove DA

Attorneys for Calvin Harris are asking a judge to remove Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene from the re-trial and appoint a special prosecutor.
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The DA, however, denied any improprieties in his nearly four-year prosecution of Harris, a Tioga County businessman accused of second-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2001 disappearance of his estranged wife, Michele.

Harris will go on trial a second time July 13. He was convicted in June 2007 by a Tioga County jury, but the verdict was set aside and a new trial ordered after a surprise witness came forward to say he'd seen Michele hours after Keene said she had been murdered.

Keene has engaged in a pattern of misconduct, violating Harris' right to a fair trial, wrote attorney William Easton in court documents filed last week.

"It is evident from the record of this case, especially since the conviction of Mr. Harris was vacated, that Mr. Harris has been denied the fundamental due process of an impartially motivated and disinterested prosecutor," wrote Easton, one of two Harris attorneys. "Mr. Keene's actions, including filing two legally baseless recusal motions, have already drawn the rebuke of the two judges assigned to the case."

A hearing on this latest salvo has been scheduled for May 20 before Chemung County Court Judge James T. Hayden, the third judge to preside over the case. Harris was indicted in 2005, four years after Michele Harris vanished. Neither her body nor a murder weapon has never been found.

Since 2005, Keene asked two other judges to remove themselves from the Harris case: Tioga County Judge Vincent Sgueglia in 2006 and Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith in February on the eve of Harris's retrial.

Keene accused Sgueglia of showing favoritism to Harris's attorney and clients. Sgueglia denied the charge, but he stepped down anyway.

Keene's charge came three days after Sgueglia told the DA he was throwing out Harris' murder indictment based on inadmissible evidence and statements Keene made to grand jurors.

Smith was appointed to take over the case in 2006 and presided over the first trial. Smith set aside Harris' guilty verdict in November 2007 and ordered a new trial based on the testimony of Candor animal hauler, Kevin Tubbs.

It was Tubbs who came forward the day of Harris' 2007 guilty verdict and testified in he saw a woman he believed was Michele Harris with another man at the Harris driveway in the Town of Spencer. Smith later ruled Tubbs' testimony was credible.

Harris was scheduled to go on trial a second time Feb. 17. However, Smith granted Harris a bench trial - meaning Smith, not a jury would decide the case - Keene filed another recusal motion, asking Smith to step down.

Smith excused himself, saying he could not have found Harris guilty after finding Tubbs credible. Then the judge had harsh words for Keene: "The district attorney has yet again sought to take the low road to accomplish his mission."

Hayden was appointed to the case in February. No decision has been made on whether the second trial will go before a jury, or be decided by Hayden.

Special prosecutor requested for retrial
By Nancy Dooling • ndooling@gannett.com • Staff Writer • May 12, 2009

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#1022944 --- 05/12/09 02:30 PM Re: Harris Trial [Re: newsman38]
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While Harris s-w-e-a-t-s.
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#1030107 --- 05/27/09 07:46 PM Re: Harris Trial [Re: Santa_Cruzer]
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#1048212 --- 07/08/09 09:24 AM Re: Harris Trial [Re: bustamill]
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450 prospective jurors summoned for Harris retrial

If you've been told to report to Tioga County Court next week, you could be a potential juror in the high-profile murder retrial of Calvin Harris.

About 450 jury summonses have been mailed to qualified Tioga County residents, said JoAnn Peet, Tioga's jury commissioner.

Of the 450 summoned, 12 jurors should ultimately be selected to hear the case, along with an undetermined number of alternate jurors. To qualify, residents must be at least 18 years old and citizens of the United States. Residents convicted of a felony cannot serve as jurors.

Jury selection in the Harris case is scheduled to begin Monday morning in county court.

Harris, a Tioga County businessman, will go on trial a second time on one felony count of second- degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2001, disappearance and presumed death of his estranged wife, Michele.

Harris was convicted of murder by a Tioga County jury on June 7, 2007. However, that conviction was set aside five months later and a new trial ordered by Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith, who presided over the 2007 trial.

The retrial was scheduled for Feb. 17, but on the eve of trial, the presiding judge stepped down from the case. Chemung County Judge James T. Hayden is the newest - and third - judge to oversee the case.

Harris, a father of four, has been free on $500,000 bail since November 2007, when his conviction was set aside. Kevin Tubbs came forward after Harris was convicted to say he saw a woman he believed was Michele Harris with another man hours after Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene said Harris killed Michele.

By Nancy Dooling • ndooling@gannett.com • Staff Writer • July 8, 2009

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#1057470 --- 07/28/09 11:28 AM Re: Harris Trial [Re: newsman38]
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Prosecution rests, defense begins its counter

OWEGO - The prosecution finished presenting its case against alleged murdered Cal Harris Tuesday morning after presenting a state police DNA expert.

Blood stains samples taken from several locations in the Harris home matched the DNA of Michele Harris, John Brenner, New York state police DNA analyst, testified this morning in the murder trial of Cal Harris.

The DNA testimony was the culmination of eight days of prosecution evidence as the Harris legal team starts to contest the charges today.

Their star witness, Kevin Tubbs, who claims to have seen Michele Harris on the morning of September 12, 2001, will likely take the stand later this week. Tubbs came forward with the startling revelation following the initial Harris murder conviction.

By Nancy Dooling • ndooling@gannett.com • Staff Writer • July 28, 2009

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#1060608 --- 08/05/09 12:57 PM Re: Harris GUILTY [Re: newsman38]
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Cal Harris guilty

OWEGO - Calvin Harris was found guilty in Tioga County Court today. A 12-member jury announced the verdict.


Harris was on trial on one count of second-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2001 disappearance and presumed death of his estranged wife Michele Harris.

Authorities have never found a body or murder weapon.

The verdict came after a three-week trial, which was the latest development in the high profile case.
August 5, 2009

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#1060691 --- 08/05/09 03:04 PM Re: Harris GUILTY [Re: newsman38]
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Good. May her spirit rest in peace.
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#1060708 --- 08/05/09 03:48 PM Re: Harris GUILTY [Re: newsman38]
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Good I hope he gets what he deserves, finaly
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#1060842 --- 08/05/09 09:48 PM Re: Harris GUILTY [Re: NYTwinsFan]
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AMEN! RIP Michelle.
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#1288770 --- 07/28/11 12:14 PM Harris Conviction Upheld [Re: Cleopatra]
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Appellate Division won't overturn Cal Harris murder conviction

In a three-to-one decision released Thursday, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division's Third Division Court of Appeals denied Calvin Harris' appeal of his 2009 conviction of second-degree murder.

Justices Thomas E. Mercure, Edward O. Spain and Leslie E. Stein affirmed Harris' conviction, on the grounds that “the proof…is legally sufficient to establish that defendant intentionally caused the death of the victim at their home on the night of September 11.”

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Bernard J. Malone Jr. wrote: “Although it is a fundamental tenet of our jurisprudence that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, after reviewing the entirety of the record in this case, it seems that, from September 12, 2001 forward, defendant was presumed guilty by the police, the District Attorney, and Harris's family and friends and that, at trial, the burden of proof was shifted to defendant to prove his innocence…

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#1300841 --- 09/30/11 08:38 PM New Harris Appeal [Re: newsman38]
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Court of Appeals to hear Harris case

ALBANY — The Calvin Harris murder case
will head to the state’s highest court
sometime next year.

The Court of Appeals has agreed to hear
the case, said Rochester attorney William
Easton, who defended the former Tioga
County businessman in both his 2007 and
2009 trials.

There is currently no schedule for oral
arguments in the case, although briefs are
scheduled in December and January,
Easton said.

10:04 AM, Sep. 30, 2011
Written by Jennifer Micale

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#1301364 --- 10/04/11 07:22 PM Re: New Harris Appeal [Re: newsman38]
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Jesus God is this guy ever going to go to jail?

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#1302323 --- 10/10/11 09:44 PM Re: New Harris Appeal [Re: Here's Johnny]
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The Cal Harris saga continues

Whatever the outcome, this Harris appeal has already passed a significant hurdle: The Court of Appeals accepts only a small number of requests for review, and only a portion of those are criminal cases, said Vincent M. Bonventre, a law professor at Albany Law School and an expert on the state Court of Appeals.

"The appeals are really tough legal issues by the time they get to the Court of Appeals," Bonventre said.

"I would say at least 50-50 for reversal," Bonventre said.

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#1302435 --- 10/11/11 05:55 PM Re: New Harris Appeal [Re: newsman38]
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All that cash and the fabulous lawyers he has hired have given him a date with the Court of Appeals. KaChing. And he might walk...of course that would be because he has been wrongly accused and convicted. Okay. He and OJ should start a support group.

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#1363342 --- 09/11/12 11:14 AM Re: New Harris Appeal [Re: Here's Johnny]
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Calvin L. Harris' Conviction For Murdering Michele Harris Will Be Reviewed By New York Court

There's no body and no murder weapon. Yet a once prominent auto dealer from New York's Southern Tier is doing prison time for killing his estranged wife, who hasn't been seen for 11 years.

Michele Harris, then 35, was last seen leaving work as a waitress the evening after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center in Manhattan, or early the next morning outside her home arguing with another man, depending on whom you believe. Undisputed by both prosecutors and defense is that she hasn't been seen since and no murder weapon was ever found.

Now, New York's Court of Appeals will decide whether Calvin L. Harris was fairly convicted of murdering the mother of his four children or presumed guilty based on insufficient circumstantial evidence. The seven judges on the state's top court were scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday. They are expected to rule next month.

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By MICHAEL VIRTANEN 09/11/12 03:20 AM ET

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#1364234 --- 09/17/12 06:24 PM Re: New Harris Appeal [Re: newsman38]
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Wow. He sure has some great lawyers...

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#1369034 --- 10/18/12 09:14 AM Harris Wins Appeal: Gets new Trial [Re: Here's Johnny]
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Court: Calvin Harris to get third trial

ALBANY — The state’s highest court on Tuesday reversed the murder conviction of Owego businessman Calvin Harris and ordered that he receive a new trial.

In a decision issued Tuesday morning, the state Court of Appeals cited concerns about the impartiality of one of the jurors at his second trial in 2009 and the instructions given to the jury prior to testimony that was considered hearsay.

Six of the judges on the seven-member court concurred with the decision, while a seventh, Judge Susan P. Read, dissented and voted to dismiss the indictment.

Harris, 51, was convicted in 2007 and again in a 2009 retrial of the murder of his estranged wife, Michele Harris, who prosecutors say disappeared sometime between the night of Sept. 11, 2001, and the morning of Sept. 12, 2001.

Court of Appeals reverses murder decision
9:30 AM, Oct 18, 2012

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#1402406 --- 05/22/13 12:38 PM Re: Harris Wins Appeal: Gets new Trial [Re: newsman38]
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Calvin Harris Back In Court

OWEGO, N.Y. (WETM-TV) -- Calvin Harris, the Tioga County man twice convicted of murdering his estranged wife was back in court Monday.

After two trials and being convicted twice in 2007 and 2009, his murder conviction was overturned.

Now the defense is asking for a change of venue, which means they want his third trial heard in a different county.

They have until June to file the motion. The defense currently has a jury consultant working to poll the area.

Harris's estranged wife Michele went missing on the night of September 11th, 2001.

Her body has never been found and no murder weapon has either.

Judge James Hayden is looking to start the trial as soon as possible, suggesting a date of October 7th.

But the defense and prosecution brought up the fact that District Attorney primaries take place on September 10th. So a new prosecutor could come in.

Harris's attorney also said a October trial date would be ambitious, because he and his team have thousands of trial documents to pour over.

But he did add that Harris and his children would like to put this whole thing behind them as soon as possible.

Harris is due back in court on September 16th.

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