Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cayuga County man appeals arson conviction

From the Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard:
A former Ledyard man who was convicted last year of setting fire to his house has asked an appellate court to overturn that verdict.

In his appeal Chad Towsley said he was denied his right to a fair trial for many reasons...

The Rochester appellate court is expected to hear the case in early April, said court-appointed lawyer Steven Getman, who filed the appeal for Towsley. Getman asked the court to overturn the verdict and/or grant a new trial.

“When a defendant is denied his right to a fair trial he should be entitled to a new trial regardless of his verdict," Getman said.