County judge accused of running brother down with ATV
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.”