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No cases for local judge over investigation

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Posted at 4:26 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 16:26:25-04

No new cases are being given to a State Supreme Court judge and all his current cases are being transferred over an ongoing investigation.

A representative for the NYS Unified Court System says Judge John Michalek is not getting any new cases and his current cases are being re-assigned. The Buffalo News reports the move comes after an investigation by the State Attorney General, FBI and other law enforcement agencies into Michalek's relationships with political operative Steve Pigeon.

Pigeon was one of three political operatives whose homes were raided last May. The others were Steve Casey and Chris Grant.

The search warrants are sealed, meaning that investigators are unable to disclose what they were looking for. Several boxes were taken from the homes of Pigeon, Casey and Grant.

The investigation is believed to be focused on Pigeon's connection to a political action committee (PAC) known as the "WNY Progressive Caucus." Complaints about the caucus were made to the Erie County Board of Elections alleging improper filing of financial disclosures in regards to local campaigns for public office.

The Buffalo News reports the investigation is looking at emails between Michalek and Pigeon.