A bizarre case in New York has snared the careers of New York State Supreme Court Joseph G. Makowski, 55, and former prosecutor and Buffalo Law School professor Anne E. Adams. Adams pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors: drunken driving, offering a false instrument for filing and attempted tampering with physical evidence. Makowski resigned on the same day that Adams was fired by the law school. Makowski was accused of falsely attesting that Adams was not drunk when she left a bar.
Their undoing began at Shanghai Red’s restaurant on the Buffalo waterfront where, on September 2nd, Makowshi met Adams to discuss her trial program at the law school. In the police report,
Officer Vincent Pupo III spotted Adams Ford Thunderbird convertible weaving and nearly striking a guard rail at about 7:45 p. m.
Makowski’s affidavit conflicted with the testimony of other witnesses and he later recanted the sworn statement. Adams went even further, according to prosecutors who allege that she talked her physician into changing the date of a blood test to show she was sober. She explained that she wanted to be a judge. She has also been named as a possible GOP candidate for district attorney. She will now be lucky if she can remain a lawyer.
The judge will not be prosecuted for his false statement, a case that is likely to be cited by criminal defense attorneys when the prosecutors seek charges against their clients in such cases. District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said, “Because of his recantation and cooperation, I will not seek to brand Makowski a criminal. However, I am deeply troubled by Makowski’s original affidavit and initial conduct. Accordingly, Makowski, in lieu of criminal prosecution, will also be required to resign from the bench.”
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