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Convicted Lockport sex offender needs new lawyer for third rape trial

Jordan R. Patterson of Lockport, who faces up to 42 years in prison for raping two teenage girls, will need a new attorney for the sole remaining rape charge against him.

Jordan R. Patterson. (Photo courtesy of Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Jury selection in that case was canceled Monday when Patterson, 24, refused to waive a conflict of interest, forcing the withdrawal of defense attorney Robert R. Fogg.

Fogg said he hadn't remembered that he had represented a prosecution witness in a shoplifting case in Clarence in 2014, despite cross-examining her at Patterson's two previous trials. Prosecutors discovered that when they reinterviewed the witness last week.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said he doesn't think the conflict invalidates the previous convictions because the witness testified only regarding charges that deadlocked the earlier jury.

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