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Arraignment of Niagara Falls City Councilman postponed

Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 12:00:57-04

The case against Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra Scott has been postponed while the district court office reassigns the case.

Councilman Ezra Scott is accused of driving under the influence. Niagara Falls Police say his vehicle struck a pole early Saturday morning. 

He was scheduled for an arraignment Monday morning, but Niagara Falls Chief Judge Mark Violante recused the court from proceeding in Scott's case. Violante cited ethics concerns and said under advisement from the administrative office, Niagara Falls city court judges will all sign a letter of recusal.

Violante did not accept a plea from Scott, saying all matters should be handled in a different jurisdiction.

"Everyone knows everyone," said Scott's attorney, Terrence McKelvey, when asked if the court's recusal was the right call.

The district court office will reassign Scott's case to another court, but there has not yet been a decision on when or where that will be.