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September 17, 2013

Jailed Ramsaran in new push for bail

By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — An attorney for accused killer Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran said Monday he is asking Chenango County Judge Frank Revoir Jr. to reduce the $500,000 bail amount imposed on his client.

Ramsaran, 38, charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 11 death of his wife, Jennifer, had been released from custody for about a week in May after he and relatives posted $300,000 worth of real estate in order to effect his release.

Subsquently, however, Revoir increased the bail amount to $500,000 cash or $1 million bond, a sum that defense attorney F. Stanton Ackerman said his client is unable to meet. Ackerman said the fact that his client had been indicted during the period he had been bailed out did not alter his status as a potential flight risk and contended he should be eligible for a bail review hearing.

That hearing is now slated for Sept. 30.

Meanwhile, the Ramsaran defense team is asking Revoir to dismiss the indictment, contending the grand jury would have received “inappropriate and unlawful testimony” if a Norwich matrimonial lawyer, Diane M. DiStefano, was called to testify about the contact she had with Jennifer Ramsaran.

“There could have been no other purposed for the prosecutor to present Diane DisStefano, Esq., to the Grand Jury other than to provide that Grand Jury with information regarding an alleged marital rift and/or marital discord...” Ackerman wrote in motion papers.

Ganesh Ramsaran has acknowledged he had an affair with a married woman who had been a close friend of his wife and who became his running partner last year.

Ackerman argued that all communications between Jennifer Ramsaran and DiStefano are subject to attorney-client privilege, a status he said “unquestionably and absolutely survives Jennifer Ramsaran’s death.” Any information transmitted as the result of the attorney-client relationship “must remain confidential even after death,” he said.

In last year’s election for county judge, Revoir, a Republican, defeated DiStefano, the Democrat-backed candidate, in the general election, after topping District Attorney Joseph McBride in the GOP primary. McBride is now prosecuting Ramsaran.

Ackerman has complained that McBride has not pinpointed just how Jennifer Ramsaran was allegedly murdered. The remains of the victim had been exposed to the elements for more than two months before the corpse was discovered off a remote road in the town of Pharsalia.