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Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

Thomas Spota

Charges:Conspiracy to tamper with witnesses and obstruct an official proceeding; witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding; obstruction of justice; accessory after the fact to the deprivation of John Doe’s civil rights

Thomas Spota, the Suffolk County district attorney, was indicted in October 2017 on federal charges that he was involved in a cover-up of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s 2012 assault of a suspect. U.S. attorneys say Spota, along with longtime aide Christopher McPartland, intimidated and pressured witnesses not to cooperate with federal investigators in order to protect Burke. Spota pleaded not guilty to the charges. A day after his plea, he announced he would leave the office he has held since 2002. His last day in office was Nov. 10, 2017.

The latest on the Spota case

July 18, 2018: Editorial: Corruption trials demand reforms July 20, 2018: Feds close to turning over evidence in Spota case July 11, 2018: Ex-Spota aide McPartland gets legal defense fund July 2, 2018: Brown: Stay tuned. More corruption trials are to come April 12, 2018: Power on Trial: Judge in Mangano trial also presiding over Spota case April 12, 2018: Federal judge sets Spota trial date Jan. 26, 2018: Spota, former aide make brief court appearance in cover-up case Feb. 1, 2018: Suffolk agrees to settle Christopher Loeb’s lawsuit, officials say Jan. 26, 2018: Spota, former aide make brief court appearance in cover-up case Jan. 11, 2018: Spota paid $154,000 to defense from campaign fund Jan. 7, 2018: Former Thomas Spota aide hired by Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. Jan. 2, 2018: Editorial: Tough but clear path for Sini Dec. 23, 2017: Arc of Thomas Spota’s career marked by close relationship with police Dec. 1, 2017: Thomas Spota’s aide wants government to pay for current attorney Nov. 21, 2017: Records: Suffolk DA’s office bonuses totaled $3.25M since 2012 Nov. 15, 2017: Brown: Restore trust in Suffolk DA’s office — now, not later Nov. 13, 2017: Cuomo aide: No plans to appoint an interim DA in Suffolk Nov. 10, 2017: Tim Sini wants to discuss early appointment as Suffolk DA Nov. 8, 2017: Thomas Spota’s last day will be Friday, says DA’s office Nov. 8, 2017: Original charges against James Burke’s accuser dropped Nov. 8, 2017: Sini defeats Perini in Suffolk district attorney contest Nov. 3, 2017: Editorial: One way to fight election collusion on Long Island Oct. 28, 2017: Brown: Spota couldn’t continue as Suffolk DA Oct. 27, 2017: Rich Schaffer, Steve Bellone differ over Spota resignation Oct. 26, 2017: DA Thomas Spota ‘leaving my post’ after federal indictment Oct. 26, 2017: Burke, former chief at heart of Spota case, receives $145G pension Oct. 26, 2017: Spota’s decades-long relationship with Burke leads to indictment Oct. 25, 2017: Democratic lawmakers urge Thomas Spota to resign Oct. 25, 2017: Suffolk DA Thomas Spota, top aide indicted in cover-up Oct. 25, 2017: Spota, McPartland draw mix of onlookers to courtroom Oct. 25, 2017: District Attorney Thomas Spota’s contempt for the law Oct. 13, 2017: Suffolk DA Thomas Spota awards $2.7 million in staff bonuses, records show June 14, 2017: Brown: LI’s top cops: Looking ahead to possible changes May 12, 2017: Brown: Longtime Suffolk DA Thomas Spota will leave under a cloud May 12, 2017: Suffolk District Attorney Spota says he won’t seek re-election May 12, 2017: After 40 years in law enforcement, Spota calls it a career May 12, 2017: Timeline of Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s career April 26, 2017: Attorneys: Christopher Loeb indictment should be thrown out Dec. 21, 2016: ‘Numerous’ cops pleaded guilty in James Burke cover-up, court papers say March 12, 2016: Brown: Edward Walsh trial may spotlight DA Thomas Spota
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