Betty Grant’s Non-Jury Trial July 21: Community Support Urged!

Because the election law she was accused of violating was so outdated, Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio recently dismissed the charges against her thanks to an Amicus Brief ( “Friend of the Court”) filed on her behalf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!