Attorney Lucas G. Mihuta, Esq. Obtains Three Dismissals for His Respective Criminal Clients on the Same Day

November 2, 2016

Three violent felony cases were dismissed in city court after the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office failed to indict the defendants within the required six-month time period. District Attorney Joel Abelove campaigned two years ago on making sure cases weren’t dismissed for missing speedy trial deadlines. Rensselaer City Court was the scene for the 2013 dismissal of a rape case that Abelove cited in his campaign. It was also the setting for Wednesday’s dismissals of the three recent cases, which involved the assault of a police officer, a home invasion and a threat to burn a church. “We are conducting a review of the situation. But at the time, the situation is not a reflection of the entire office,” Abelove said in a statement Friday. The three cases were swept away Wednesday under the state’s speedy trial statute called 30-30 by attorneys. Rensselaer City Court Judge Kathleen Robichaud dismissed them on a defense motion.