An Albany County judge has dismissed abuse allegations brought by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs against an aide at Vanderhyden Hall, a residential facility for trouble or disabled youth and young adults in Rensselaer County due to the fact that there’s “not clear oversight from an elected district attorney”.
The judge ordered that the case cannot be criminally prosecuted by the Justice Center due to the state constitution “requiring elected and publicly accountable district attorneys prosecute criminal charges.”
This would affect the Justice Center’s overall operations on how they prosecute abuse cases.
We will definitely be keeping an eye on how this all plays out.
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