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It's going to be another week to fight over the future of Chautauqua Institution's landmark Amphitheater. New State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita wants to talk to some experts before handing down a decision in the controversial case.


Kane won't be prosecuted in alleged rape case

Nov 5, 2015
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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III will not present the alleged rape case against hockey superstar and Buffalo native Patrick Kane to a grand jury, saying the case is "rife with reasonable doubt."

Erie County DA: Kane 'evidence bag' is a hoax

Sep 25, 2015
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A supposed torn and empty evidence bag, reportedly found at the home of the mother of rape suspect Patrick Kane's accuser, is a hoax carried out by the mother. So said the Erie County District Attorney in a lengthy news conference Friday.

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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court justice.

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The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a 3-year-old boy in Delaware Park this spring will not be prosecuted for a crime, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

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Erie County's district attorney spoke in generalities, for the first time Wednesday, when asked about the police investigation into hockey star Patrick Kane.

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Jeffrey Basil, the former bar manager who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the 2014 death of an Air National Guardsman, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

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Jeffrey Basil will spend another month in jail before learning his fate. Judge Penny Wolfgang reserved decision Tuesday on whether to vacate Basil's second-degree murder conviction.

New charges possible following Sager's death

Aug 1, 2014
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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says he'll reconvene a grand jury to consider more charges against  bar manager, Jeffrey Basil, following the death of Air National Guardsman William Sager.

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A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

Two men convicted in killing of elderly deacon

Apr 9, 2014

A State Supreme Court Judge in Buffalo has found two young men guilty in the death of 96-year-old Deacon Levi Clayton.

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The man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy has also been charged with sexual abuse.

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The teenagers who viciously attacked a good Samaritan in North Buffalo last May have plead guilty to serious charges. Most of defendants are facing lengthy prison sentences.

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A state task force wants New York State to stop fighting 21st Century crime with 20th Century laws.

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Law enforcement officials say DNA tests are refuting an eyewitness account which led to a man being wrongly accused of murder.

Panel to investigate public corruption statewide

Jul 3, 2013
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It's an initiative aimed at stopping public corruption in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Buffalo at the University at Buffalo Law School Tuesday to discuss the creation of a group of top law enforcement officials and legal experts designated to investigate public corruption in state agencies.

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Three candidates are vying for the office of Mayor of Buffalo, two Democrats and one Republican. But it appears one of the candidates may have been offered a job if he agreed to not run.

DA decides not to re-prosecute Parete shooter

May 1, 2013
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The man who shot Buffalo Police officer Patricia Parete in 2006 will not be charged with first-degree murder, following Parete's death earlier this year.

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A Buffalo man accused in the brutal attack on a puppy last year has pleaded guilty as charged.

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The Erie County District Attorney reached a compromise to resume prosecution of cases in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court. 

Frank Sedita had recently announced that he would no longer handle the cases.  He said too many non-criminal issues were affecting the integrity of the cases. 

But Thursday, Sedita told WBFO News a compromised was reached with the State Office of Court Administration. 

Mohamud convicted of murdering stepson

Oct 18, 2012
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A jury this afternoon convicted the Buffalo man who has been standing trial for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson.

Jurors took less than three hours to find 41-year-old Ali-Mohamad Mohamud guilty of second-degree murder, after closing arguments were presented this morning. 

Former Erie County Legislator David Dale, a disbarred lawyer from Lancaster, faces possible jail time after pleading guilty to a fraud charge.  

Dale, 49, went before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns Tuesday and pled to one charge of first-degree felony scheme to defraud and one count of practice of law by an attorney who has been disbarred.

Republicans endorse Sedita for re-election

Jun 4, 2012
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District Attorney Frank Sedita III received some positive political news this weekend with the endorsement of the Erie County Republican Party.

The development puts the long-time Democrat on the top lines of the November ballot and almost guarantees his re-election to a second term as D.A.

Sedita's office suffered a high-profile setback last week when James Corasanti was found not guilty on felony charges related to the vehicular death of 18-year-old Alix Rice.

In an emotional post-trial press conference, Sedita apologized to Rice's family for the verdict.