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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n48 (11/30/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Lawrence Brose Returns to Court December 12

Lawrence Brose, now 60 years old, was a well-known member of Western New York’s artistic community, the long-time executive director of Buffalo’s CEPA Gallery—a distinguished haven for the visual arts—and a noted advocate for public arts funding when he was arrested in November 2009 by agents of the Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division (ICE) and charged with possession of what the federal government claimed was “child pornography.”

Odds & Ends

A sharp observer noted this oddity in a Buffalo News story last week about Alan Tomaski, who might go free despite having been convicted this year of the 2002 murder of a drug-dealing associate. Tomaski was indicted on a murder charge last year and found guilty of manslaughter this year—which is problematic, because the statute of limitations on a manslaughter charge had expired. The article, and Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, suggest that may go free because his defense attorneys, Joel L. Daniels and Andrew C. LoTempio, failed to raise that issue at trial. If a judge rules that his counsel was therefore ineffective, Tomaski could be released and could not be charged again with the crime because of double jeopardy rules.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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