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The lawyer for Buffalo Police officer Elnur Karadzhaev says the evidence will show the officer defended himself and shot 32-year-old Rafael "Pito" Rivera within the law.

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The lawyers who represented Dr. James Corasanti during his recent trial say they've been targeted with death threats.

Corasanti was acquitted of the felony charges lodged against him this week after the car he was driving struck and killed Alexandria Rice on Heim Road in Amherst last July.

Attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth told the Buffalo News the day after the acquittal was "unnerving." She admits such threats "can be part of the job for a defense attorney."

Meyers-Buth said a "very disturbing letter" sent to Corasanti has been turned over to Amherst Police.