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Legislators: No response from DA following bungled rape case
RENSSELAER -- Republican
County Legislators caucused Tuesday night to discuss a lack of response from
District Attorney Richard McNally following the handling of the rape case
against John Halacy.
Halacy was arrested in February on charges he raped two teenage girls, but most charges were dropped months later when the DAs office admitted it failed to file the proper paperwork in a timely manner. At the time McNally declined to go on camera with CBS 6, but said in an emailed statement he was truly sorry.
Several members of the legislature have asked for additional information from McNally, but he has not written a response.
I've been contacted by a number of residents in my community concerned one, that this individual was back out on the streets and as well that some of the problems he's had with the law in the past, they're concerned it's going to happen again, said Legislator Michael Stammel.
McNally previously said he was working to address the issue. Assistant District Attorney Laura Kruegler, who was handling the case, has since resigned.
Our question is what happened and why did the ball get dropped how is your process followed, who follows it and what are you doing to correct it?, said Legislator Martin Reid, who serves as chairman for the legislature.
Reid said since the request for more information was filed McNally called the legislatures attorney, but has not responded to legislators.
We're not accepting phone calls. We're accepting something in writing, said Reid.
McNally is leaving office at the end of the year. He was elected to be a judge for the State Supreme Court and legislators admit there isnt a lot their request can do in the next few weeks.
There's not much I can do, said Stammel. But I want to keep it in the forefront for the residents to know that this guy is still out on the street.
Halacy is expected to appear in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning for further proceedings on the original case. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape.