County judge ac­cused of run­ning brother down with ATV

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The state At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice is ex­pected to in­ves­ti­gate an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in which the brother of Sul­li­van County Court Judge Frank LaBuda ac­cused the judge of in­ten­tion­ally run­ning over him with the ve­hi­cle.

The in­ci­dent is al­leged to have oc­curred Sept. 25 on the prop­erty of Peter LaBuda, who was in­jured.

Sul­li­van Dis­trict At­tor­ney James Farrell on Sept. 27 re­quested the at­tor­ney gen­eral take the case as spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor.

Farrell said he be­lieves his of­fice could have han­dled the cause fairly and im­par­tially, but, “out of an abun­dance of cau­tion and to avoid the ap­pear­ance of im­pro­pri­ety,” re­quested the at­tor­ney gen­eral take over the case.

The at­tor­ney gen­eral and state po­lice will in­ves­ti­gate.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney asked the Sul­li­van County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which con­ducted the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, to “pre­serve any and all ev­i­dence that may have been ob­tained and co­op­er­ate fully with the at­tor­ney gen­eral and state po­lice as they in­de­pen­dently in­ves­ti­gate and re­view the mat­ter.”

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