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May 23, 2013

Ramsaran released on $300K bail

Children subjects of custody battle

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Chamberlain said it appears that McBride is fashioning a circumstantial case against Ramsaran, noting his client has consistently denied any involvement with his wife’s death.

He said he expects Ramsaran, a project manager for IBM, will seek to stay involved in the lives of his three young children. The three children were in school Dec. 11, the last day Jennifer Ramsaran had been seen alive.

“The children are near and dear to him,” said Chamberlain. With their father charged with killing their mother, Chamberlain said he expects there will be litigation in Family Court over custodial arrangements for the children.

Since the arrest of their father, the children have been staying with their maternal grandparents, Carol and Thomas Renz, who also own a home in New Berlin.

If convicted of the charge he is facing, Ramsaran could be sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.

Chamberlain said his client looks forward to having his day in court. “I don’t feel that he is a flight risk,” he said.

Allowing defendants facing murder charges to be released on bail is unusual, said veteran criminal defense lawyer Terence L. Kindlon of Albany.

“Norrmally, bail will be denied or set so incredibly high nobody can make it,” Kindlon, noting he has represented at least 30 defendants charged with murder in upstate New York,, told The Daily Star. “Bail is just not something you normally get (in serious felony cases), and this is more true now than it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago.”

Kindlon said the only two considerations that courts should evaluate in considering bail applications is whether the defendant is a danger to the community and whether he poses a risk to flee the jurisdiction of the court.

“Frankly, I applaud the judge” for making a murder defendant eligible for bail, Kindlon said. “I think that’s the right thing to do. To use bail as punishment is the wrong thing to do, even though it’s the typical thing that’s done” in state courts.

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