Beleaguered Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — whose administration came under fire for mishandling the case of a Black man who died in police custody — was arraigned Monday afternoon on unrelated campaign finance charges.
Her lawyer, Joseph Damelio, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf in the Monroe County Hall of Justice to one count each of scheme to defraud and an election-law violation for allegedly evading campaign contribution limits while running for a second term in 2017.
ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR WARREN INDICTED ON CHARGES INCLUDING DEFRAUD IN FIRST DEGREE AND VIOLATION OF ELECTION LAW
Lovely, wearing glasses, a mask and a white coat, sat behind her attorney in the first row of the gallery during the proceeding.
Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone ordered Warren released on her own recognizance after prosecutors said the crimes for which she’s charged are not eligible for bail.
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