LOCKPORT – The man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a female Japanese tourist on Christmas night in Niagara Falls State Park has been given one last chance to hire a new lawyer.
Robert E. MacLeod, who dismissed attorney A. Joseph Catalano after rejecting Catalano’s advice to accept a plea offer, had been attempting to hire Herbert L. Greenman to represent him. But Monday, it was disclosed in Niagara County Court that Greenman had not been retained.
“It’s a little hard when you’re in jail,” MacLeod said.
Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told MacLeod, “If you don’t have a lawyer in two weeks, the court will take a number of steps to protect your interests. You may not be happy with it.”
In cases where the defendant is not eligible for a public defender but fails to hire a lawyer of his own, the court can appoint a defense attorney and direct the defendant to reimburse the county for his fee.