Criminal Justice

NY State Lawyer Resigns from $104K Civil Service Job, Takes Plea in Hate-Crimes Case

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A New York state government lawyer accused of making anonymous racial threats over the telephone to his black neighbors in Albany has resigned from his $104,000-a-year civil service job and taken a plea today in a hate-crimes case.

James Hennessey Jr., 58, faces a maximum sentence of one to three years when he is sentenced next month on two felony harassment counts for making menacing phone calls, the Albany Times Union reports.

Hennessey had been scheduled to go to trial Monday on 11 counts of second-degree aggravated harassment. The racist nature of what he said elevated the charges to felony hate crimes, the newspaper explains.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Gov’t Lawyer Charged with Hate Crimes re Claimed Anonymous Calls to Neighbors”

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer Who Worked for NY State Is Charged with Hate Crimes”

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