Pharmacist Robert Kendzia, 81, was not in Niagara Falls City Court Friday morning.
But his attorney, Dominic Saraceno, was -- arguing to keep our 7 Eyewitness News camera out of court.
His request follows our latest I-Team investigation into his client, which revealed Kendzia was cited by the state for three professional pharmacy violations dating back to the 1980s -- and fined thousands of dollars for the errors.
Judge Danielle Restaino denied that request.
Saraceno also asked the judge to not move the case under the 'special victims' category, which District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said typically includes alleged crimes of a sexual nature.
“Judge, for the record, I would object,” Saraceno said. “I don't believe that this individual fits into any particular class that would qualify her as a special victim.”
Judge Restaino denied that request, too.
The case is on hold until 1 p.m. on October 25, when lawyers will appear before Judge Diane Vitello.
As for Kendzia, he has been off the job since his arrest, and the Drug Enforcement Administration is looking into the operations of MacLeod’s Pharmacy.