Legal professional for Mayor Pretty Warren reacts to indictment in marketing campaign finance investigation

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Attorney for Mayor Lovely Warren reacts to indictment in campaign finance investigation

Regarding the allegations against her, Damelio said, while there may have been mistakes made when it came to record-keeping, none of those charged knowingly violated any laws or election regulations.  

Warren didn’t need extra money to win the election, Damelio said. The mayor herself has said in the past that once the errors were discovered, they were fixed. 

Lewke asked Damelio what Warren’s reaction was to news of the indictment.

“I can’t tell you what my client said to me,” Damelio said. “She wants you to know Monday morning she’s coming to work, and she’s going to represent her constituents with the same vigor and dedication that she does every single day on the job. She’s going to walk into that building with her head held high, and she’s going to go to work. We know there are some problems in this city, and she’s working to correct them. So her frame of mine is her constituency, the people she represents, the homes that she visits.”

“In some very technical sense, it would not surprise me due to the number of contributions and all the forms that need to be completed, that there may be technical violations,” John DeMarco, the attorney representing Jones Jr. said. “Certainly at this point, I’m not aware, nor is it my opinion that these technical violations in any way affected the substantive race.”

City Council President Loretta Scott released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the indictment.

“I am obviously saddened by this news,” Scott said. “I believe in due process and that everyone is innocent until proven otherwise. I want to assure the community that the business of the city will continue uninterrupted.”

Lawyers for the three defendants say they have concerns about this case being heard by a grand jury while the city of Rochester was amid protests concerning the Prude case. 

Demonstrators have been calling Warren’s resignation since body-camera video was released of Prude being handcuffed by officers during an encounter on Jefferson Avenue on March 23. He died a week later after he was taken off life support. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide and says Prude died from complications of asphyxia due to physical restraint, excited delirium and PCP.

Some accuse police and city officials of covering up Prude’s death, though Warren said she did not know the medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide until Aug. 4, when she saw body-camera video.

Warren, Jones Jr. and Brooks-Harris are expected to be arraigned Monday. The attorneys say they have not seen any of the evidence against their clients yet.

If convicted, Warren could face a maximum of 16 months to four years in prison and removal from office.