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To the Editor:
Recently, letter writer Andy Powers addressed the case Thomas v. County of Putnam, which your readers can see here: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/262/241/2391624/.
The Federal Judge in the case found that, as a matter of law, in my service as Deputy I acted lawfully, and that I had probable cause to arrest a man accused of domestic violence. Since I acted properly, the case against me was dismissed even before any trial.
The Federal Court found that I acted professionally and honestly in the discharge of my duties. Don Smith's behavior as Sheriff, on the other hand, has been unlawful. In the Levy and Hossu cases, even Smith admitted that Smith lied. Smith lied to the media in his press releases. Smith lied to the Governor, the New York State Attorney General, the United States Attorney; the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. We the taxpayers are paying for those lies.
As I have said so many times, it is not the rank and file of the Sheriff's Office that have failed the people of Putnam County. It is the Sheriff's leadership that has failed us. I will be a Sheriff you can trust. Please vote for me on November 7th.
Robert L. Langley
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