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Paladino attorneys: "The punishment does not fit the crime."

Attorneys for Carl Paladino held a brief news conference at around 5 p.m. Thursday, in which they said that Paladino will appeal the ruling.

Paladino was not present at the session, held in downtown Buffalo.

Attorneys Dennis Vacco and Jennifer Persico, from the firm Lippes Mathias, represented Paladino at the briefing.

"We are very disappointed in this decision," said Vacco.

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The attorneys said:

  • Paladino will appeal the ruling by the state education commissioner.
  • Vacco said that other members of the School Board were not completely innocent in the situation. He said that MaryEllen Elia, the state education commissioner, has "rewarded the dysfunctionality of the board."
  • Paladino could run for election again for the School Board as soon as 2019, even if Elia's decision is upheld in court, according to Vacco.
  • Vacco said he hasn't discussed with Paladino whether, in the future, he plans to attend School Board meetings as an observer.
  • They argued that the information discussed by Paladino, of a confidential nature, was already in the public realm.

"If it's in the public purview, then how is it confidential?" asked Vacco, at the meeting.

Vacco also said that in this matter, "The punishment does not fit the crime."

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

 

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