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Charges against Edison Tech Students Arrested for Standing on Sidewalk Dismissed

December 11, 2013 – Rochester, N.Y. – Rochester City Court Judge Teresa D. Johnson today dismissed the disorderly conduct charges against three Edison Tech varsity basketball team members who were arrested on Nov. 27 while waiting on a sidewalk for a bus to take them to a scrimmage. The dismissal came amid a national outcry over the absurdity of the arrests and after the Monroe County District Attorney’s office moved to have the charges dismissed.

Tully Rinckey PLLC Partner Peter J. Pullano represented Raliek A. Redd, 16, who was arrested for “obstruct[ing] pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing the free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store while standing with a group of six others…[and refusing] to disperse & leave the area.” The teens had been waiting for the bus, per their coach’s instructions, when around 8:45 a.m. they were confronted by a police officer who ordered them to disperse and leave the area.

The arrests raised concerns that the police were unfairly targeting minority teens. In addition to widespread media coverage locally, MSNBC and USA Today also reported on the arrests.

“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. 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,” said Mr. Pullano.

To speak to Peter Pullano, or for more information, please contact James Schlett at (585) 492-4700 or at jschlett@1888law4life.com.

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.

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