Defense attorney calls out DA, Judge

NORWICH – At times demanding the judge rule in his favor, defense attorney Randel Scharf argued in County Court Thursday that charges against his client, Tammie Van Deusen, be dropped due to what he called an inappropriate deal brokered between Van Deusen’s former lawyer and District Attorney Joseph A. McBride.

Scharf asserted to County Judge W. Howard Sullivan that Van Deusen was given poor legal representation by Binghamton lawyer Jon Blechman following the July, 2000 murder of Norwich man Edward Pastore Jr. He argued that his client was never told that she had a lawyer or that a grand jury was convening to rule on the murder charge and other charges facing her.

Scharf said his client’s charges were settled in a plea by McBride and Blechman, with little input given to Van Deusen. “She didn’t even know she had a lawyer,” Scharf said.

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