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Judge Grisanti has City of Buffalo cases stripped from docket following police incident

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 14:32:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In June, the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team reported that State Supreme Court Justice Mark J. Grisanti was under police investigation over a street brawl between the justice, his wife and their North Buffalo neighbors.

Grisanti and his wife were both handcuffed and placed in the back of police cars, but on July 8, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. announced that he was not charging anyone with a crime.

Body camera footage obtained by the I-Team through a Freedom of Information Law request shows that Justice Grisanti admitted to shoving a police officer, repeatedly stated that he has family ties to the Buffalo police force and even invoked a friendship with Mayor Byron W. Brown as he sought lenient treatment for himself and his wife.

Although no one was charged with a crime, 7 Eyewitness News has confirmed through a spokesperson for the New York State Courts that Grisanti will have all remaining City of Buffalo cases stripped from his docket. This information was first reported by Law360 Friday.

According to Law360, about a dozen cases will be reassigned to other judges.