Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota is out on bail after being arrested on Wednesday.
He was charged with witness tampering and obstructing a federal investigation, in connection with the beating of a suspect by former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke. Burke pleaded guilty to beating a man who allegedly broke into his vehicle and stole a duffel bag that contained sex toys.
A Long Island district attorney has been indicted on charges that he obstructed a federal civil rights investigation https://t.co/SgxpLhMccb— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) October 25, 2017
Spota and an assistant are accused of trying to cover up the attack. He pleaded not guilty.
Spota previously announced he would not seek re-election. He’s been in office since 2002.
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