A member of a Niagara County grand jury was prosecuted for texting information about cases to a friend during testimony, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Thursday.
A fellow juror saw the texts on the phone of Joseph M. Caccese, 62, of Elliott Drive, Lewiston, during sessions on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and reported them to a prosecutor, according to court papers. The grand jury was hearing evidence regarding the death of a baby. Caccese was accused of texting a work colleague about a confidential witness and the outcome of the vote on indictment.
"We can't stand for that," said Wojtaszek, who said she recalls no other prosecutions of grand jurors in her 20-year legal career.
Caccese pleaded guilty May 10 to a misdemeanor charge of disclosure of grand jury materials. Lockport City Judge William J. Watson gave him a one-year conditional discharge and ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service.