The disorderly conduct charges filed against three Edison Tech basketball players were dismissed by City Court Judge Teresa D. Johnson Wednesday.
The move was expected, as Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced last week she would request the dismissal “in the interest of justice.”
The teens were arrested about 8:45 a.m. Nov. 27 while waiting on an East Main Street sidewalk for a bus to take them to a scrimmage.
Police and a store owner said the teens were standing in front of S&S Express grocery store at 216 East Main St. and refused to move after police instructed them to do so.
For their part, the teens said they were waiting for the bus as instructed by their athletic director.
Peter J. Pullano, who represented one of the teens, Raliek A. Redd, 16, said he was pleased with the dismissal.
“While I am happy to see the charges against my client and his teammates dismissed, let’s not dismiss the fact that these charges should never have been made in the first place,” Pullano said in a news release. “My client was respecting the law as he stood on that sidewalk, and he should have been treated with the same respect from those who enforce the law.”
Wan’Tauhjs Weathers and Daequon Carelock, both 17, were the other two students charged.
Peter is the Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Rochester Office, where he practices criminal defense.
With over thirty years of criminal defense experience, Peter has handled thousands of criminal cases, including violations, misdemeanors, felonies and appeals. He has primarily represented defendants in felony cases in both state and federal courts. Peter is certified as “learned counsel” in federal court capital cases. Prior to New York State’s abolishment of capital punishment, he was likewise certified to handle death penalty cases in state courts.
On multiple occasions, Peter has won acquittals or verdicts to lesser charges for clients charged with murder. Additionally, he has represented criminal defendants at the appellate level, including the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the third and fourth departments of the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division. His devotion to criminal defense and helping people in need has been recognized numerous times in the legal community.
Peter was honored with the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) Award by the United States District Court, Western District of New York in 2016, and was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by the NY Daily Record in 2015. He has received the Super Lawyer distinction in 2016, 2015 and 2014. Peter has also received the Monroe County Bar Association’s Charles Crimi Award and the St. Nicholas Society’s “Man of the Year” Award. Additionally, Peter was the recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award.
Peter received his juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University and his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Peter currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. He has previously served on the board of directors of AIDS Rochester, Inc., President of the Saint Nicholas Society (Italian-American Welfare Society in East Rochester) and the Saint Mary's Church Parish Council.
When not practicing law, Peter enjoys participating in fundraising events such as the 440-mile AIDS Red Ribbon Ride, the 550-mile Empire State AIDS Ride and the Tour de Cure to fight Diabetes.