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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Smith/Levy Defamation Case

CARMEL, N.Y. - The $5 million lawsuit that Adam Levy, Putnam County district attorney, brought against Sheriff Donald Smith for defamation of character will continue. State Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Lubell denied Smith’s motion to dismiss the case. Levy, who is the son of television star Judge Judy Sheindlin, filed the lawsuit in August (see lawsuit below), claiming that Smith maliciously issued statem ...

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Judge Rules No Conflict of Interest in Hossu Case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- Alexandru Hossu can be represented by Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy’s brother-in-law, a judge ruled Tuesday, saying  the Westchester District Attorney’s office had “failed to establish a basis upon which to conduct a (conflict of interest) inquiry.” “The Court is aware of extra-judicial statements that have been made by attorneys and others to the media. However, the Court mu ...

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Westchester DA: New Defense Attorney Solely Focused on ‘Self-Preservation of DA Levy’s Reputation’

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- Putnam District Attorney Adam Levy and his brother-in-law Daniel Mentzer are, “joined in a concerted defense predicated on the self-preservation of DA Levy’s reputation,” the Westchester  District Attorney’s office wrote in court documents repeating its call for a conflict of interest investigation into the Alexandru Hossu case, and questioning a request by the defense that Hossu’s forme ...

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Putnam Lawmakers Refuse to Call for DA Investigation, As Levy Digs In

CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Legislature refused to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo or the attorney general to investigate District Attorney Adam Levy, despite a personal appeal from state Sen. Greg Ball, who called for such an investigation last week. At the end of Wednesday night’s meeting Legislator Sam Oliverio Jr. publicly asked his colleagues to join him in requesting that the governor launch an independent ...

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Westchester DA Repeats Call for Conflict of Interest Hearing on Levy

CARMEL, N.Y. - In a supplement to a motion filed last week, the special prosecutor in the rape case against Alexandru Hossu has asked a judge to take a closer look at conflict of interest allegations against Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, with an on-the-record inquiry. In a filing Wednesday, Westchester Assistant District Attorney William Milaccio wrote that media revelations of emails allegedly ...

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Sen. Ball Calls for Levy’s Resignation, Special Prosecutor in Hossu Rape Case

PATTERSON, N.Y.- State Senator Greg Ball has called for NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to get involved in the  “current legal fiasco” in Putnam County, involving Sheriff Don Smith, District Attorney Adam Levy, and Levy’s friend Alexandru Hossu. In a phone call Friday and a letter released to the media Monday, Ball asked Cuomo to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate. Although Levy’s publicist h ...

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Westchester DA Questions Hossu’s Defense By Levy’s Brother-In-Lw

CARMEL, N.Y.- The special prosecutor in the case of Alexandru Hossu filed a motion Monday asking a judge to closely investigate whether the accused rapist can reasonably expect a fair trial, and whether Hossu understands the potential ramifications of being defended by the brother- in- law of Putnam D.A. Adam Levy.  In filing over 30 pages of documents on behalf of special prosecutor Fred Green, the Gomberg ...

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Smith, Levy in Court, Fail to Settle Lawsuit

CARMEL N.Y. - Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, District Attorney Adam Levy and their attorneys spent nearly three hours in a judge’s chambers Thursday morning, but did not reach an agreement or present oral arguments in a $5 million defamation suit that the DA filed against the sheriff. State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Lubell acknowledged the "significant efforts" of the parties to reach an amicable a ...

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Smith’s Defamation Defense Paid for by Putnam County’s Insurance

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith’s defense in a $5 million defamation suit against him is being paid through the county’s insurance, even though he was sued in his private capacity. When he filed the suit in August, District Attorney Adam Levy said he was suing Smith in his private capacity to protect Putnam taxpayers and because Smith’s actions were so malicious and defamatory, they ...

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Special Prosecutor in Hossu Case Asks For Ethics Inquiry

CARMEL, N.Y. - The brother-in-law of Putnam D.A. Adam Levy stepped in to take over Alexandru Hossu's defense Monday, as the Special Prosecutor from Westchester informed a judge that he intended to file a motion to investigate the "serious" conflict of interest in the case. Daniel Mentzer told media outside of court that he has known Hossu for years, and would not have taken on the case if he thought there w ...

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