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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

[NY] Fired, reinstated, ARRESTED FIVE TIMES, suspended Officer Lewis is rejecting the plea deal

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Schenectady police officer rejects plea deal
By Steven Cook (Contact)
Gazette Reporter
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
[Excerpts] SCHENECTADY - Suspended city police Officer John Lewis, charged criminally in four separate incidents, rejected a plea offer Monday, setting the case on course for possible grand jury action... Prosecutor Christina Tremante made the people's position clear: "Any offer that may have been made in this case is withdrawn." Details of a plea offer were not discussed in court. Prosecutors declined to discuss it later, including whether it included any resignation provisions. Lewis has been off the job since at least April 2008 on varying stints of paid and unpaid suspension. He has received 30 days' unpaid suspension after each arrest. He's been arrested five times... Lewis' next court date is June 8... He was served in February with papers informing him that a disciplinary hearing would be held. City Corporation Counsel John Van Norden confirmed Monday that hearing has yet to happen. [Full article here]

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