There was little discussion Friday morning in Buffalo City Court before Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee granted an adjournment in the harassment and trespass case against Sabres hockey star Evander Kane. Prosecutors provided defense counsel with a deposition involving the trespass charge and all agreed to return for motions once both sides have reviewed the new materials and responded.
It took a few minutes longer, however, to find a time when everyone was available to be back in court. The judge suggested early October, but Kane’s lawyer Paul Cambria said he would be out of town.
By the time Cambria is back, Assistant District Attorney Lynette Reda said she was scheduled to be in trial on another case.
Defense offered up Oct. 28, but Johnson-Lee said she would be at a symposium at the University at Buffalo that day.
“October 29?” Cambria suggested.
“That’s a Saturday,” the judge said. “I’m not coming in for you on Saturday.”
“October 31?” he asked.
“Halloween,” Johnson-Lee noted dryly. “That’s appropriate.”
“Works for me,” Cambria agreed, as did Reda.
Kane and the Buffalo Sabres will have started their regular season by then. They have an afternoon game in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Oct. 30 and a night game in St. Paul on Nov. 1, but the team is off on Halloween.
Kane, 24, is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and five noncriminal charges of disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with encounters he allegedly had with female patrons and a bouncer at a Buffalo bar in June.
He is accused of grabbing women and pulling their hair, and resisting a bouncer’s efforts to get him to leave Bottoms Up on West Chippewa Street.
Cambria said earlier that security video from the bar does not support the bouncer’s version of what happened that night and that Kane “denies strenuously any wrongdoing.”
While the charges carry maximum possible sentences of 15 days in jail for the violations and 90 days for the misdemeanor if he is convicted, Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. has acknowledged that first time offenders rarely go to jail for these types of offenses.