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October 29, 2013

Jury selection begins today in trooper rape case

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Along with his responsibility for other cases, he said, he took three other factors into consideration before deciding to not personally prosecute the case.

Those are his duties with New York State Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, whether he is running opposed in the next election and whether Donah would face more than one trial.

“Doing three trials outside my trials now or anytime is not feasible,” he said.

And Champagne said he wants the same attorneys to handle all three cases to ensure continuity.

DEFENSE CO-COUNSEL

Barrett added Lorraine White as co-counsel for the trial.

White is a former chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

Barrett said she began working with him on the case over the summer, and the two have joined forces on past cases.

Clinton County Court Judge Patrick McGill will preside.

PAID LEAVE

State Police initially suspended Donah for 30 days without pay in September and October 2012 while they conducted an internal investigation, Barrett said.

Donah worked as a uniform trooper from October 2012 until Feb. 5, 2013, the day of his arrest.

He was then suspended until March 7 without pay, and he has been on paid leave since then, Barrett said.

The State Police’s internal investigation will resume if Donah is found guilty by the court.

Information revealed in court proceedings is used in State Police internal investigations, which resume if a defendant is found guilty, State Police Troop B Commander Major Richard Smith said previously.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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