Timothy McEachern, 46, is the brother-in-law of Columbia County District Attorney Beth Cozzolino. From the Times Union:
Her office recused itself from the case shortly after it was brought, the aide noted, asking that it be handled by a special prosecutor from the office of Greene County District Attorney Terry Wilhelm.
For two weeks, Wilhelm declined to return calls from the Times Union about the case.
"This only points out that if you're a member of the club in Columbia County, you'll be taken care of. It's a classic example," said Gene Keeler, a former Columbia County district attorney who is seeking the office in the November election. He is running as a Democrat; both Cozzolino and Wilhelm are Republicans.
Meanwhile, Beth Cozzolino serves as special prosecutor in the Evan Spitz case in Greene County. About Spitz case. "Evan Spitz is the son of the Greene County Jail superintendent."
Maybe this is a case of you scratch my back, I scratch yours.
How about this: Columbia and Greene counties look to counties other than each other for special prosecutors. Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna seem to be available, big Albany law firm. Try them!
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