Yates DA candidate faces possible lawsuit

Alleging malicious prosecution, a Steuben County man has filed a notice of claim against several entities, including the man running for Yates County district attorney.

The claim was filed Sept. 5 by Buffalo attorney Matthew Albert, who represents Thomas Thompson. A notice of claim reserves the right to file a lawsuit.

The claim is against Steuben County, the county district attorney’s office, Assistant DA Todd Casella and state Trooper James Collings.

Casella is running for Yates County district attorney.

Thompson claims Casella spearheaded a pattern of malicious prosecution. Albert said the prosecutions, totaling about 25 charges, have all resulted in dismissals.

“Such staggering statistics are indicative of the frivolous though malicious nature of the charges being lodged against Claimant (Thompson), and are a community concern in the context of Respondents’ resources being spent prosecuting innocent people,” Albert wrote in court documents. “Such public safety and integrity concerns are amplified given the fact that Respondent Casella is now running for public office.”

The cases date to 2015. Many of them include charges of animal neglect and were dismissed due to what Albert called prosecutorial misconduct.

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