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September 11, 2013

Judge won't yank DA from murder trial


The ruling was a victory for District Attorney Joseph McBride, the lead prosecutor of Ganesh Ramsaran, who had argued that Ferrarese’s former representation of Sayles had not prejudiced the criminal case against the defendant.

Sayles said in a sworn affidavit filed with Ackerman’s motion that, in 2012, amid having “certain matrimonial problems” with her husband, Patrick Sayles, that she “did unfortunately participate in an extramarital affair” with Ramsaran and related this information to Ferrarese.

Eileen Sayles said her discussions with Ferrarese focused on her husband’s “concerns and complaints” that “I was constantly ‘talking too much about Remy’ and that I was ‘hanging around too much with Remy.’”

Ackerman, who has described Eileen Sayles as an important material witness in the case, said that he “understands the judge’s reasoning” in allowing McBride’s office to continue to have charge of the case. But he noted it is “a bit awkward” for an assistant prosecutor to have aided Sayles at a time she was having an affair with the man who would emerge as the prime suspect.

McBride said Revoir made the right call, contending Ferrarese’s representation of Eileen Sayles had “absolutely no impact on the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

Ganesh Ramsaran, a former project manager for IBM, is being held for lack of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond at the Chenango County Correctional Facility. Authorities have not disclosed precisely how they believe Jennifer Ramsaran was murdered.

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