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July 23, 2013

Ramsaran attorney: DA's office has conflict

An attorney for accused murderer Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran is seeking to disqualify the Chenango County District Attorney’s office from prosecuting the case because one of its staffers handled a matrimonial matter for a woman with whom the jailed suspect was having an affair last year, according to court papers.

The Albany lawyer, F. Stanton Ackerman, states in a motion filed in Chenango County Court that Michael Ferraresse, an assistant Chenango district attorney has assisted in the investigation into the murder of Ramsaran’s wife, Jennifer Ramsaran.

Several months earlier, the papers note, Ferraresse had been retained by Eileen Sayles of Norwich to assist her on matrimonial issues, and became aware that she had an extra-marital affair with Ganesh Ramsaran, now 38 years old.

This situation, Ackerman argued, amounts to “a serious conflict of interest” which has “prejudiced the rights of the accused.”

The court papers filed by Ackerman also state that Sayles is a material witness in the homicide case.

Ackerman also contends in his papers that Ganesh Ramsaran and Sayles became the “two targets” of law enforcement after Ganesh Ramsaran reported his wife missing to police the night of Dec. 11.

However, Ganesh Ramsaran has been the only person charged in connection with the murder, which Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride has stated took place Dec. 11 at the home Ganesh Ramsaran shared with his wife and three children.

Authorities have declined to state precisely how they believe Jennifer Ramsaran was killed.

Ackerman also wrote that his client, based on numerous meetings he had with police officials during the investigation into his wife’s disappearance, concluded that the detectives “were focusing not only on the defendant’s alleged conduct but also the conduct of his mistress, Eileen Sayles.”

Contacted by The Daily Star, McBride stated that he is prepared to oppose Ackerman’s effort to have his office disqualified from prosecuting Ganesh Ramsaran.

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