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Charges dropped against Robert Wiesner
Rochester, N.Y. The Attorney Generals Office announced Friday that it is dropping the charges against Robert Wiesner.
Wiesner, the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, was charged with two counts of bid rigging in an ongoing investigation into Monroe Countys use of Local Development Corporations (LDC).
The indictment alleged his crimes occurred at some point between 2004 and October 2013.
According to court documents, the Attorney Generals Office said, they recognize that the defendant should have been provided the opportunity to testify in a grand jury and because they failed to act on that request the A.G.s Office is dismissing the indictment.
"On July 3rd, 2013, I wrote a letter to the Attorney Generals Office saying I represent Mr. Wiesner and it was my desire to have him answer these charges before a grand jury and have his right to defend himself and testify, said Wiesners lawyer, James Noble, in a news conference on November 7. They denied us that right."
All charges against Wiesner will be dropped once Monroe County Judge Robert Noonan agrees to it.
"Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to prosecuting public corruption wherever and whenever it occurs, said Damien LaVera, the attorney generals Communications Director. We are consenting to dismissal of the charges against Mr. Wiesner because of his request to testify in the grand jury. We expect to present the case against him to another grand jury and look forward to his testimony."