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Reporter's Notebook

June 29, 2013

A variety of cases keeping judges busy at local courts


Ackerman said that District Attorney Joseph McBride has sent him a thicket of paperwork on the investigation. But the lawyer said he has yet to see an explanation of how Jennifer Ramsaran was killed.

“That is going to be a pivotal point in this case,” he said, suggesting it would be difficult for prosecutors to prove guilt unless they can explain how the 36-year-old mother of three was murdered.

The victim’s body was found in late February off a desolate road in the town of Pharsalia, more than two months after she disappeared. McBride has said Jennifer Ramsaran was killed in her own own home on Dec. 11, the day her husband reported her missing.

“It’s absolutely speculation to say she died on Dec. 11,” Ackerman said. He noted he met with Ganesh Ramsaran for about three hours Thursday at the jail.

He said his client remains “adamant” that he had nothing to do with her death. The defendant’s family members are trying to come up with the $1 million bail that has been set by Chenango Judge Frank Revoir.

McBride has said he will not discuss evidence in the case.

JOE MAHONEY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at

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