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March 4, 2014

Ganesh Ramsaran to get new lawyer for murder trial

By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Accused of murdering his wife, Jennifer, former IBM project manager Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran is parting with his criminal defense lawyers following a dispute involving his legal bills.

In a hearing Monday morning before Chenango County Judge Frank Revoir, Ramsaran also accused the Chenango County District Attorney’s office of failing to provide him with all documents relating to the evidence in the case. He also signaled that he plans hire a new lawyer to replace F. Stanton Ackerman of Albany and James Chamberlain of Norwich.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee said Ramsaran’s assertion that District Attorney Joseph McBride has not given the defense counsel a listing of all evidence in the case is without merit.

“Mr. McBride has a very open discovery process,” Dunshee told The Daily Star after the hearing. “We provided him (Ramsaran) with everything he is entitled to.”

Binghamton television station WBNG reported that Ackerman, who did not attend the hearing, advised the court in an affidavit that Ramsaran has not paid $72,000 in legal fees and that an apparent move by Ramsaran to bring in a new lawyer was “the last straw.”

Dunshee said Renoir advised Ramsaran that he could opt to be represented by a public defender if he is financially qualified.

The switch in defense counsels could potentially delay the criminal trial, which had been tentatively planned to begin in June.

Ackerman did not respond to messages on his cellphone. A staffer at his Albany law office said he was in Florida.

Law enforcement authorities have not disclosed the manner in which Jennifer Ramsaran was allegedly killed. The couple’s children are now being cared for by their maternal grandparents.