CHEERS to Franklin County Chief Assistant District Attorney John Delehanty as he wraps up his distinguished career. Delehanty, who will retire May 31, was one of the first prosecutors in the state to present evidence at a Frye hearing to establish that a certain procedure is generally accepted in the scientific community as common practice. Delehanty's case involved an HGN test, which police administered to a suspect in a vehicular-manslaughter case. In it, a machine records involuntary eye movements made when an object passes in front of the eyeball. Delehanty successfully argued that eye movements can't be controlled if a person's blood-alcohol content is at or above .08 percent, which is the legal limit for drunken driving in New York. Our reporters have covered him for almost two decades and have found him to be knowledgeable, responsive to questions and sensitive with victims. Delehanty was recently recognized by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, which bestowed on him the Robert M. Morgenthau Award, which recognizes one assistant district attorney from each of four regions of the state whose professional accomplishments, honesty, integrity and commitment to justice exemplify the high standards Morgenthau set during his tenure as New York County DA. Delehanty was chosen in the largest geographic region, which includes the state capital. District Attorney Derek Champagne said in his nomination that Delehanty "treats victims and their family like he would want his own child treated, yet consistently has been quick to turn over Brady material or acknowledge to the court when the law did not support our position. His honesty and integrity was and will always be beyond reproach." He noted the Frye-hearing accomplishment, but added of Delehanty, "at the end of his career, it is simply his dedication to doing what is right and fair which makes him deserving of the award."
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Cheers and Jeers: April 21, 2014
CHEERS to Child Protective Services workers in our three counties. CHEERS to an anonymous good Samaritan.
- Cheers and Jeers: April 14, 2014 CHEERS to Ed Cahill of Lake Shore Property Management.
Cheers and Jeers: April 7, 2014
JEERS to drivers who splash pedestrians; CHEERS to the Air Force for environmental cleanup on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Cheers and Jeers: March 31, 2014
CHEERS to Amy Bonn for her efforts with the Snowball series. JEERS to people who don't pick up after their dogs.
Cheers and Jeers: March 24, 2014
Motorists, joggers and walkers get jeered while Dozer Day creators and the Plattsburgh Public Library get accolades.
- Cheers and Jeers: March 17, 2014 CHEERS to all the people who pitch in to try to save neglected animals. CHEERS to clubs and organizations who submit calendar items to the Press-Republican with complete information.
Cheers and Jeers: March 10, 2014
CHEERS to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Schrader and local public-works and highway crews.
Cheers and Jeers: March 3, 2014
CHEERS to Cumberland 12 employee Lauren Trombley for an act of kindness. JEERS to municipalities that don't stay up to date putting meeting minutes online.
- Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 24, 2014 Cheers to local sports announcing legend Ducky Drake; Cheers to Plattsburgh State hockey standout Sydney Aveson.
Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 17, 2014
CHEERS to Wellness Center employees Dylan Riley and Ted Santaniello for helping a local woman.
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