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Charges to be dismissed against Buffalo School Board candidate

All charges against Gizelle Stokes, a candidate for the Buffalo Board of Education, will be dismissed by Friday as long as she stays out of trouble until then.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office Friday morning agreed to an unusually short one-week adjournment in contemplation of dismissal before City Court Judge Diane Wray.

Stokes, 31, had faced charges of obstruction of justice, marijuana possession and resisting arrest.

“Although I pushed hard for a dismissal on the merits, my client is not admitting guilt, and the matter will be dismissed in a week’s time,” said her lawyer, Frank Housh.

During a March 11 traffic stop at Michigan and Glenwood avenues, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police found an outstanding harassment warrant against Stokes, then searched her vehicle and found a small packet of marijuana.

The harassment charge was dismissed, but a charge of resisting arrest was added.

Stokes, who was suspended from her social worker position at King Center Charter School, agreed to the one-week adjournment because she did not have the resources to continue her court fight, Housh said.

He added that Stokes received no special treatment from the district attorney’s office. “And I think the fact that she got no special treatment is evidenced by the fact that they added charges when I moved to dismiss them,” he said.


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