Because the election law she was accused of violating was so outdated, Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio recently dismissed the charges against her thanks to an Amicus Brief ( “Friend of the Court”) filed on her behalf by attorney Peter A. Reese in February.
The judge did, however, rule that prosecutors could still proceed to trial on a harassment count against the former Erie County Legislature chairwoman, which will take place on Thursday morning July 21 at 9 a.m. in Buffalo City Court .
While Betty Jean Grant has been dragged thru the courts for the past several months, another voting violations case involving a 59-year-old poll worker who was accused of stamping Byron W. Brown’s name as a write-in candidate for mayor in the November election, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of attempting to commit a crime against the elective franchise.
It was resolved quickly. She was sentenced to an unconditional discharge and was ordered to pay $100 fine. She had originally been charged with a felony. Even though the judge has disposed of the misdemeanor against Mrs. Grant, the DA’s office still wants to go to trial on harassment. Talk about disparity. This has been a legal travesty from day one and a waste of taxpayers money.
The community is urged to come out and show support for activist Grant next Thursday.
Hope to see you there!