Legal Analysis of New Indictment Against Rep. Chris Collins

United States Congressman Chris Collins was indicted on a series of insider trading charges in August 2018.  Nearly a year after the initial indictment, federal prosecutors have recently re-filed the case against Rep. Chris Collins, leading to a new “superseding” indictment. The new indictment against Rep. Chris Collins excludes three charges that were included in 2018’s indictment.

These latest developments in Rep. Chris Collins’ insider trading case have been covered extensively by news outlets throughout Western New York. Attorney Barry Covert was interviewed by The Buffalo News, WGRZ 2 on Your Side, and WIVB News 4 to provide legal analysis on the new indictment. Over the course of these interviews, Mr. Covert’s analysis addresses several aspects of the updated charges, including:

  • Why did federal prosecutors convene a new grand jury in the insider trading case against Rep. Chris Collins?
  • What is the significance of the three charges that have been removed from the new indictment?
  • What is the Speech and Debate clause and how does it impact the case against Rep. Chris Collins?
  • Has the overall nature of the case against Rep. Chris Collins changed with the new indictment?


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License Remains Revoked for Negligent Day Care Center Where Toddler Was Injured

The Buffalo News recently published an article detailing a judge’s ruling on the license status of a negligent day care center operator.  The article is the latest in a series of reports from The Buffalo News on the case involving injured toddler, Malania Chevere.

In July 2018, Malania Chevere, who was just a few days away from her second birthday, suffered a brain injury while in the care of Mozee’s Ultimate Family Daycare. An investigation is ongoing to determine how the toddler was injured at the day care center.

Attorney William P. Moore, a Senior Partner in Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria’s Personal Injury department, represents Malania Chevere’s parents, Brittany Elliott and Greg Chevere.

Following Malania Chevere’s catastrophic injury, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services revoked the license of the day care center’s owner, Desiree “Debbie” Mozee. Recently, Ms. Mozee appealed to a state administrative law judge to have her license reinstated so she can reopen Mozee’s Ultimate Family Daycare.
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Can St. Matthews Cemetery Be Sued For Moving Graves Without Notifying Families of the Deceased? Did St. Matthews Cemetery Violate New York State Law?

St. Matthews Cemetery in West Seneca, NY is being investigated by the New York State Division of Cemeteries for beginning to move hundreds of graves without notifying family members of the deceased. Over a week after St. Matthews Cemetery began digging up grave sites, family members started to hear through word of mouth that their loved one’s caskets may have been moved.

Attorney Barry Covert was recently interview by WGRZ 2 on Your Side for a report on St. Matthews Cemetery. Continue reading for details on Barry Covert’s legal analysis and click on the video below for WGRZ’s full report, which includes:

  • Reaction from family members who were not aware that the graves of their loved ones were moved;
  • A representative from St. Matthews Cemetery discussing their reason for moving the graves; and
  • Barry Covert providing answers to questions on whether St. Matthews Cemetery broke New York State Law and if families of the deceased have grounds to sue the cemetery for their actions

Legal Analysis on St. Matthews Cemetery

WGRZ 2 on Your Side’s interview with attorney Barry Covert addresses a portion of New York State’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, which specifically pertains to when cemeteries are obligated to notify next of kin and which may also provide grounds for legal action against St. Matthews Cemetery.
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