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Timeline: From raid at Pigeon's waterfront condo to guilty plea

May 28, 2015 – State and federal law enforcement officials execute search warrants at the Admirals Walk condominium of former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pigeon, along with homes of former Buffalo First Deputy Mayor Steve Casey and Christopher Grant, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Chris Collins.

Law enforcement officials search residences of Pigeon, two other key political figures

May 7, 2016 – The Buffalo News reports that sources say both Pigeon and former State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek are expected to be accused of bribery-related felony charges based on email conversations between Pigeon and the judge. Using his state courts email account, sources told The News, the judge repeatedly asked Pigeon to help a relative of the judge get a government job. The sources said the email conversations took place during a time when a close political ally of Pigeon had a multimillion-dollar lawsuit pending in Michalek's court.

Judge Michalek, facing 'very serious' investigation, has unblemished record

June 29, 2016 – Michalek pleads guilty to felony crimes of bribe-receiving and offering a false instrument for filing in a court case and resigns from his position. He also agrees to testify against Pigeon. Court documents indicate Michalek repeatedly asked for Pigeon’s help in gaining a government job for a relative and even for Pigeon to wield his influence in assisting his application for a gubernatorial appointment to the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.

After 21 years as a judge, a painful new role for Michalek

June 30, 2016 – Pigeon indicted on nine counts before State Supreme Court: two counts of bribery, six counts of rewarding official misconduct and one count of grand larceny, for the alleged extortion.

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April 19, 2017 – Pigeon charged with three new counts of violating state election law. He is accused of  illegally funding races for the County Legislature and a local town supervisor in 2013. Two longtime Pigeon associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, are also arraigned on the same charges. All three pleaded not guilty.

Steve Pigeon accused of illegally funding 3 local races

June 30, 2017 – State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. decides to suppress email evidence that helped the State Attorney General's Office obtain an indictment against Pigeon last year on corruption charges.

Judge throws out key evidence in Pigeon case

March 16, 2018 – Cerio reverses his decision to allow the email evidence.

In reversal, judge will allow email evidence in Pigeon corruption case

May 31, 2018 –  Appellate Division denies efforts by Pigeon attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. to exclude email evidence taken from laptops and a cellphone gleaned from the May 28, 2015. The trial is set to begin Oct. 15.

October date set for Pigeon trial on bribery and corruption charges

Sept. 28, 2018 – Pigeon pleads guilty to third-degree bribery.

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