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LoHud:Lask Defends Assemblyman Katz Against Marijuana Charge



Assemblyman Steve Katz’ attorney on plea deal, marijuana charge (UPDATED)

ON APRIL 25, 2013. TIME POSTED: 11:52 AM

Susan Chana Lask Defends Client Assemblyman Steven Katz' Marijuana Charge

Attorney Susan Chana Lask for Assemblyman Katz

Assemblyman Steve Katz did not appear in Coeymans Town Court on Thursday to accept a plea deal to settle marijuana and speeding charges, but his attorney answered reporters’ questions after appearing on his behalf.

Susan Chana Lask, Katz’ lawyer, raised doubt over whether Katz had marijuana on him when he was stopped for speeding and ticketed for possession on March 14. But she didn’t answer directly when asked repeatedly if Katz was in possession of the drug, as State Police alleged.

“I wasn’t there. We weren’t there,” Lask said. “The police officer isn’t here. The case was dismissed and there’s no charge.”

Katz’ court papers show he was found to be in possession of 3.5 grams of weed, and that a subsequent field test confirmed it.

His marijuana charge will be dismissed if he completes 20 hours of community service and stays out of trouble up to the next year.

You can watch Lask’s talk with reporters here:




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