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: July 28, 2014
CHEERS to the Algonquin Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club for sponsoring three field trips. JEERS to people who start noisy home-improvement projects early in the morning on the weekends.
Cheers and Jeers: July 21, 2014
CHEERS to Olivia Benjamin for capitalizing on a busy day in her community to do some service. JEERS to people who dump unwanted cats.
Cheers and Jeers: July 14, 2014
CHEERS to the downtown Plattsburgh businesses who painted their windows for the Mayor's Cup Festival; JEERS to organizations that don't remove their signs after their benefit events are held.
Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014
CHEERS to everyone who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable; JEERS to people who leave garbage in shopping carts.
Cheers and Jeers: June 30, 2014
CHEERS to savvy pedestrians and people who give away unwanted items; JEERS to inattentive drivers and to medical offices that play loud music.
Cheers and Jeers: June 23, 2014
CHEERS to Clinton County Attorney James Coffey for his detailed explanations before executive sessions. CHEERS to organizations that set specific times and dates for events but then alter them without warning.
Cheers and Jeers: June 16, 2014
JEERS to adults who smoke around children and to people who spit in public; JEERS to people who spit on the ground in public places.
- Cheers and Jeers: June 9, 2014 Jeers to freeloaders who show up to public events for the free food; Cheers to Brian and Candy Major for administrating the Plattsburgh PAL football league since 1998.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 30, 2014 CHEERS to Dave Werner of Malone, who has devoted a great deal of his time over the years to making sure members of the public are properly informed on roadway safety issues.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 26, 2014 CHEERS to Keeseville residents who continue to put their hearts into the village even though it will dissolve at year's end. And JEERS to people who don't RSVP to invitations.
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