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Panel takes up Mathis case, again

Albany Commissioner Henry Mathis Albany Commissioner Henry Mathis

May 19, 2005

Albany-- The attorney for indicted Albany Commissioner Henry Mathis says he shouldn't be re-suspended from office during his trial.

Friday at 1:00PM, a three person panel appointed by the Governor, will review whether new extortion charges against Mathis adversely affect his ability to serve as city commissioner while he awaits trial.

Mathis' attorney, Gerald Williams, said it's unfair that the panel is made up of the same three people who heard the previous case. The panel suspended Mathis after the initial federal indictment but he was reinstated when the trial was postponed.

And, Williams says Mathis shouldn't be re-suspended because the new charges come in a superseding indictment not an entirely new case.

The panel has a week to make a recommendation back to the Governor, but since Mathis's trial is since only two-and-a-half weeks away, they're expect to make a decision as soon as Friday afternoon.

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