NYS Justice Kevin Carter to Decide Pigeon’s Motion to Disqualify DA Flynn for ‘Bias,’ ‘Animosity,’ in Child Rape Prosecution

Erie County DA John Flynn at a press conference on Dec. 2, 2021, announcing the arrest of Steve Pigeon on charges of child rape.

I have been Steve Pigeon’s friend for more than 20 years. In December 2021, he was charged with raping a child, perhaps the most despicable of all offenses. I believe he is innocent. 

NY State Supreme Court Justice Kevin M. Carter presided over oral arguments on April 11, 2023, in a case involving G. Steven Pigeon, charged with the rape of a child under the age of 11.

Justice Carter is the administrative judge of Western New York’s Eighth Judicial District.

Justice Carter heard from Pigeon’s attorney, James Nobles, and the Erie County District Attorney’s office regarding the possible disqualification of District Attorney John Flynn and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

On December 2, 2021, District Attorney Flynn announced charges against Pigeon for first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, and predatory sexual assault against a child under 11 years old.

The charges stem from a single incident that allegedly occurred between November-December 2016. At Pigeon’s bail hearing, the prosecution revealed the alleged victim was a family member. Pigeon has no children. The trial for Pigeon is scheduled for December.

Political History of DA Flynn and Pigeon

Pigeon’s attorney, James Nobles, argued for the disqualification of Flynn, claiming the prosecutor harbored “actual prejudice and animosity.”

According to Nobles, Pigeon, a former political heavyweight, had a long history with Flynn.

Nobles alleges Pigeon blocked Flynn from various positions, appointments and endorsements between 2003 and 2015, including ending Flynn’s candidacy for DA the first time he ran in 2008.

Flynn had to wait eight years before he could run again and win the office he now holds.

The 2008 DA Race

The 2008 Democratic primary for Erie County DA featured a heated contest between Flynn, Kenneth Case, and Frank Sedita, III.

Pigeon’s attorney Nobles wrote in a court filing, “Flynn enjoyed support from the Executive Board of the Erie County Democratic Committee. Pigeon helped secure the Conservative and Independence endorsements for Sedita. This prompted the Democratic Committee to back Sedita, since without the minor party lines, a Democrat might lose to the Republican opponent in the general election if another Democrat was on the ballot.”

After Pigeon secured the minor party lines for his candidate, Flynn dropped out of the race.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn

Assistan Disterict Attorney, Cathleen Roemer defended Flynn against Pigeon’s disqualification motion.

ADA Cathleen Roemer, defending her boss, wrote in a court filing: “The assertions that the defendant chose to back another candidate or ‘block’ John Flynn… may or may not be true, but regardless, John Flynn would not have knowledge of political work the defendant was doing behind the scenes, and therefore he cannot be biased by the defendant’s alleged actions.”

While Flynn might not have known about Pigeon’s key role in the 2008 DA race, the Buffalo News was aware. On September 27, 2009, the Buffalo News reported, “Pigeon also helped elect Sedita as district attorney by helping him obtain the Conservative Party endorsement, one that Sedita used to get the Democratic endorsement despite Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan’s earlier support for another candidate [Flynn].”

Pigeon’s role with Flynn did not end there.

Nobles revealed other interactions between the two men, including an instance where Flynn requested Pigeon recommend him to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for a court of claims judicial appointment.

A mutual friend, an attorney, brought Flynn to Pigeon’s waterfront condo to ask for the appointment. Flynn had support from Cuomo appointee Sam Hoyt, and others.

Nobles wrote, “Pigeon opposed Flynn for a second time in his attempts to get a major position.”

Pigeon, a longtime Cuomo advisor, recommended the governor maintain the tradition of reappointing the incumbent judge on the NY Court of Claims, which meant there was no opening for Flynn.

Governor Cuomo chose to reappoint Judge Timothy Walker, a Republican.

Steve Pigeon’s Attorney James Nobles

Undersecretary of Navy

Nobles describes in his motion numerous interactions between the two men, with Pigeon opposing Flynn, or Flynn asking for help from the then-powerful Pigeon. They include Flynn, once appearing in his Navy Jag uniform, seeking office with Pigeon’s help.

Pigeon sometimes supported his efforts, but often tempered his ambitions with recommendations of less grandiose offices.

On occasion, the two men saw each other at Buffalo Sabres Hockey games as invitees to a mutual friend’s box suite. Pigeon’s close ally B. Thomas Golisano owned the Sabres.

Tom Golisano, Bill Clinton, Steve Pigeon

Around 2014, Pigeon had strong ties to President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who planned to run for president. Pigeon had raised more than $1 million for Obama and was expected to play a major role in the Clinton campaign.

Steve Pigeon and Barack Obama
Steve Pigeon with Hillary Clinton at her DC home. Pigeon worked closely with Hillary when he was part of the Clinton administration.

A mutual friend, Hormoz Mansouri, set up a lunch with Flynn and Pigeon, telling Pigeon that Flynn had a “big ask” to make.

At the lunch, Flynn asked Pigeon for help to become Undersecratary of the Navy. Instead of telling Flynn he would see what he could do, Pigeon candidly informed him he lacked the experience and would not make the recommendation.

Pigeon offered to assist Flynn in securing an alternate position, but Flynn reportedly became upset and stormed away, saying Pigeon had “killed [his] life dream.”

According to ADA Roemer’s filing, Flynn did not deny asking Pigeon’s help to secure the Navy’s second-highest civilian position. But Flynn denied being angry with Pigeon about the rejection.

Flynn did not get appointed Undersecretary of the Navy.

Nobles relates one final incident where Pigeon worked against Flynn – the 2016 district attorney election. Despite Pigeon’s opposition, Flynn won and became the DA eight years after Pigeon first helped stop him in 2008.

Flynn’s Press Conference

DA John Flynn holds a press conference to announce Steve Pigeon’s arrest for child rape.

In addition to their political history, Nobles cited Flynn’s December 2, 2021 press conference, announcing Pigeon’s arrest for rape.

Pigeon, a former member of the Clinton White House and former Erie County Chairman of the Democratic Party, had no prior accusations of sexual-related or violent crimes.

At the press conference, Flynn said, “This is big boy stuff here. OK? This is rape; this isn’t child molestation. This is rape, and so when we’re talking at that level, all right, we’re talking life in prison.”

Nobles said Flynn’s conduct at the press conference violated the attorney’s Rules of Professional Conduct, [Rule 3.6] which prohibit a lawyer from making public communication that states “any opinion as to the guilt or innocence of a defendant or suspect in a criminal matter that could result in incarceration.”

When asked about Pigeon’s bail, Flynn said, “I do not believe that Pigeon should be out of jail. I believe he should be in jail for the rest of his life, quite frankly and we are going to proceed forward to that.”

ADA Roemer, in her opposition papers, clarified that Flynn intended to say “if the defendant is convicted,” before he said, “he should go to jail for the rest of his life.”

Pigeon was later released on $750,000 bail.

DA John Flynn is comfortable at a podium, but Steve Pigeon claims he got so loose with his words to the press, his case is now severely prejudiced.
DA John Flynn at the press conference took questions from the media.

Her Word Against His

During the press conference, Flynn acknowledged the alleged victim made the rape accusation nearly five years after the alleged incident.

There is no physical evidence, DNA, rape kit, hospital records, mandated reporter, or witness confirmation in the case against Pigeon.

Flynn stated that delayed reporting is not uncommon.

Flynn said, “Listen here, obviously when I found out who the alleged perpetrator was, you know, it’s — it’s not Joe Smith. We’re all human, OK? It’s not Joe Smith, you know, it’s — it’s allegedly Steve Pigeon, who obviously has some name recognition in the community….

“He has a history in the same circles that I used to travel in. You know, I don’t really travel in those circles anymore because, one, I didn’t have a re-election last year; and, two, I’m not running again three years from now. So I’ve kind of distanced myself from those circles, quite frankly.

“And so, you know — but he did travel in those circles. And so obviously, that registered too. And, you know, I can’t just dismiss that, but at the same time, that’s not a factor, and at the same time, I’m — I’m going to make sure that — that this child gets justice. And at the end of the day — listen here, at the end of the day, what’s — what’s going — what all these cases come down to a child’s going to say something. I presume he is going to say something. It didn’t happen, all right?

“At the end of the day, it’s a child’s word versus his word,” Flynn continued, “and I believe the child. I’m standing with the child, and I’m going to get the child justice.”

A reporter asked, “Do you have anything more than the word, an allegation of a child?”

Flynn said, “I’m not going to talk about any other evidence. But I have – but I have her word, though. I have her word.”

ADA Roemer defended Flynn’s repeated endorsement of the now teenage accuser, writing, “It would be unethical for the District Attorney’s Office to bring these charges if the child was not believed to be credible. Charges brought in the absence of creditability would be an example of misconduct. That is not the case here.”

Isolated Alleged Incident

According to the charges against Pigeon, he allegedly committed a single isolated rape incident between November and December 2016 with no allegations of prior grooming.

Allegedly, Pigeon spontaneously raped the girl and got away with it. Then, he never tried again during the intervening years.

While Flynn repeatedly said he believed the child, he did not reveal how he came to have such faith in what appears to be a non-standard sex abuse allegation made against a 60-plus year old man with no prior allegations of this conduct.

There are numerous studies on the pathology of sex offenders. Studies show that child abusers typically groom their victims with the goal of secrecy and repeated abuse.

Pigeon worked in high-profile positions, including at the White House, as the Erie County Democratic Party Chairman, as an elected Erie County Legislator, as counsel for the NY State Senate.

He traveled with notable figures such as billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, Ted Kennedy, Dick Gephardt, and General Wesly Clark, but no allegations of such conduct surfaced until a girl claimed he raped her once, out of the blue, years earlier.

Over the years, Pigeon spent a lot of time with his nieces, nephews, and cousins. None of these made allegations of sexual abuse, as Flynn well knows.

The story of Pigeon’s rape allegation was highly publicized, but no one else has come forward, as Flynn also knows.

How often is there a case of a 62-year-old prominent and successful man who only once in a lifetime commits a spontaneous rape against a child?

Flynn said he believes the child, that he is standing with the child, and that this will be a case of her word against his word.

Yet Flynn declined to interview Pigeon and managed to prevent Pigeon appearing before the Grand Jury, where he might have told his side of the story and persuaded the Grand Jury not to indict him.

Flynn Says He Little Knows Pigeon

The relationship between Flynn and Pigeon is the core of the dispute over disqualification and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

John Flynn at the press conference announcing Steve Pigeon’s arrest on December 2, 2021.

At the 2021 press conference, a reporter asked Flynn if Pigeon “ever worked for you, and does that give you a conflict?”

Flynn replied, “I know him, obviously. I would – I would categorize our relationship as business acquaintances. Since our business is political, that, I would– I guess, I would categorize it ‘business/political’ acquaintance. I do not believe that I have seen him or speak to him – spoke to him in the past six years….

“I had lunch with him and another person on two occasions maybe ten years ago; just a social matter… So, yeah, I – I am definitely an acquaintance of his, but, again, I’ve probably seen him five times my whole life and haven’t seen him in the past six years. So, again, that gives me no pause at all.”

Nobles wrote, “Those statements by District Attorney Flynn are untrue. He is clearly trying to cover up his obvious conflict with the Defendant.”

The Direct Investigation

Nobles also points to how the DA handled the investigation. In May or early June 2021, a friend of the alleged victim’s mother contacted attorney Steve Boyd, a former law partner of Flynn’s.

ADA Roemer said, “The report came from the child, to the child’s mother, to the mother’s friend, to Attorney Boyd, to Flynn.”

Flynn began a “direct” investigation through his office’s Special Victims Bureau, instead of referring the matter to New York State Police for investigation.

ADA Roemer wrote, “Flynn asked Bureau Chief Lynette Reda to contact the mother through Boyd in order to set up a Forensic Interview of standard practice in any physical or sexual child abuse case.”

Roemer, arguing there was nothing wrong with this, added, “The DA routinely handles sexual assault investigations through the DA’s Special Victims Bureau.”

She also pointed out that the District Attorney’s Office was not the sole entity involved in the investigation.

ADA Roemer wrote: “On June 30, 2021, in less than twenty days from the child’s disclosure, Bureau Chief Lynette Reda reached out to [NY State Police] Sr. Investigator Jason Fish and Investigator Scott Mills to request assistance…. However, even if this office had conducted an in-house investigation, there is nothing improper about such action.”

Yet Flynn’s investigators chose not to interview Pigeon.

The direct investigation also allowed Flynn to avoid Criminal Procedure Law § 190.50(1) and (5) which otherwise obligated him to offer Pigeon a chance to appear before the Grand Jury, where he might persuasively tell his side of a story in a case that essentially boils down to his word against his accuser.

When one considers the disastrous consequences of the mere indictment for child rape, in the event of Pigeon’s innocence, the cost of Flynn believing the child without hearing from the accused is grave indeed.

Because Flynn made a sealed presentment to the Grand Jury, which was not charged by a felony complaint pending in a local court, Pigeon had no legal right to be heard as a witness.

Judge Carter will decide on Flynn’s disqualification and appointment of a special prosecutor on or about April 24.


Pigeon’s Aunt Speaks

Rita Gralike, 90, is a relative of the alleged victim, the alleged victim’s mother, and Pigeon. She is Pigeon’s maternal aunt.

Gralike has known Pigeon and the alleged victim’s mother all their lives. Pigeon grew up with Gralike’s children in St. Louis.

“First and foremost, this is completely out of character for Steven,” Gralike said. “He does not act this way, never has. He is not the type of person, and it doesn’t work that way. You never have just one accusation of child molestation. Never before and never again.”

Gralike, the mother of four sons, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was head of staff at the St. Louis office of former Missouri governor Joseph Teasdale.

Gralike’s late husband, Donald, served in the Missouri House of Representatives for ten years and in the state Senate for four years.

Joseph Simeone, Gralike’s late brother, was chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals and justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.  According to the St. Louis Dispatch, Judge Simeone “helped bring the Missouri judiciary into the modern age.” His portrait hangs in the state capitol.

“I would like to say that a family like ours would not absolve anyone guilty of molestation,” Gralike said.

Gralike does not believe the child’s story is true, and expressed concern that her mother influenced her. Gralike said her mother had made many accusations against others in the past.

“The mother has a history of instability. If you look at the number of times she called the police, it tells you a lot. She even called the police on her own father,” Gralike said of the alleged victim’s mother.

“I suspect there was some jealousy. She was resentful of Steve,” Gralike said, adding “Why would they give credibility to a child after having known Steve all their lives? Why would they even give any credence to this child like that?”

When asked why the child would make such an allegation, Gralike said, “If this child were indeed molested, I would suspect someone else in the family was responsible. Something may have happened to her with someone else, and Steve is the scapegoat. That’s what I would be looking for if I was on the jury.”

Gralike pointed to clear and persuasive evidence that if anyone abused this child, it was a particular individual, not Pigeon.

When asked if she would trust Pigeon with children, Gralike replied, “I would trust him with any of my great-grandchildren. I’m trying to get Steve to move to St. Louis. So, he could be close to our kids.”

Gralike added, “I am the last of my birth family. So, I am the matriarch of this family. And I don’t want to go to my grave seeing this false accusation brought against my nephew. I know it’s not true.”


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7 months ago

This doesn’t add up. We are looking at an allegation of a once-in-a-lifetime child rapist, by a prominent man, who would throw away everything just to rape a little girl. It doesn’t work that way.

7 months ago

Only once. never before or after. He just up and raped her. Find it hard to believe.

Robert S. Peterson
Robert S. Peterson
7 months ago

A feature of the American criminal justice system is that few attorneys can risk challenging a district attorney on ethics, and almost none can do so in their home county. A DA can retaliate in many ways, including going harder on that lawyer’s other clients. Pigeon had to retain someone outside Erie County.

Pigeon retained James Nobles of nearby Monroe County. Still, fighting the most powerful prosecutor in a county near your home and work takes guts.

If Justice Carter fails to disqualify Flynn, it will only worsen. The violations are clear. They won’t be ignored.
More importantly, Flynn exploited a child and condemned an innocent man.

Peter Sullivan
Peter Sullivan
7 months ago

Judge Carter is an advocate for troubled youth. Youth deserve intervention and support – he believes they should not be held criminally accountable until the age of 18.

Where was the intervention for this young woman? Why, after one disclosure, did they thrust her disclosure to national media?

Flynn was stammering when given the most basic questions at the press conference.

This cannot be allowed to stand. For the young woman’s sake as well as Pigeons, a special prosecutor needs to takeover.

Judge Carter:
“In 2017, New York State raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age, ensuring that young people in New York receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need. Judge Carter co-chaired the Erie County Raise-the-Age Committee, developing the plan that established the Erie County Youth Part in Buffalo, New York. In 2018, he was appointed the presiding judge of the Erie County Youth Part, which has jurisdiction over felony charges and accompanying misdemeanors committed by adolescent and juvenile offenders.”

7 months ago

Steve Pigeon has had a successful career in high powered politics. There’s been no scandalous conduct- and his political enemies and rivals have been thorough.

When there’s nothing to find, they fabricate. And in this case, they’ve taken advantage of a young woman.

That child needs protection, but not from Steve Pigeon.

Fried Squab
Fried Squab
7 months ago
Reply to  Cinabon

No scandalous conduct, he only plead guilty in both state and federal court

Flynn -police have no common sense.
Flynn -police have no common sense.
7 months ago

Flynn’s arrogance is seen as he claims officers used “no common sense.”

Maybe this is why Flynn made sure claims of tape did not go through standard police procedure and investigation. They would have interviewed Pigeon. Flynn couldn’t risk that –

Where is Flynn’s common sense when he fails to interview Pigeon?

Where is his common sense when he indicts, convicts, and sentences Flynn in a public take down?

Erie County DA says Buffalo police officers lacked “common sense” in March police chase
by Emily Girsch
Wed, July 6th 2022, 6:09 PM

“There is no penal law violation that articulates common sense so I cannot charge any Buffalo Police officer with a violation of common sense,” said Flynn.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The suspect in a police chase that resulted in three Buffalo police officers being shot was arraigned in this court morning and charged with five counts of attempted murder in the second degree.

District Attorney John Flynn was critical of the conduct by some of the responding officers, whom he said were responsible for two of three police gunshot wounds.

“There is no penal law violation that articulates common sense so I cannot charge any Buffalo Police officer with a violation of common sense,” said Flynn.

“Mr. Bell’s conduct was scrutinized, and the conduct of Buffalo police officers was also scrutinized.”

On March 29th around 6 p.m., 28-year-old Kente Bell was pulled over on West Ferry Street for tinted windows. Upon running his plates, two Buffalo police officers told him he was unlawfully driving with a suspended license.

At that point, Flynn says Bell took off and a female passenger exited his car while it was in motion.

“She was picked up by a police vehicle and kept in the back of the police vehicle throughout the entire joy ride. That probably wasn’t common sense,” he said.

Flynn says there were several other actions by police that lacked common sense, including an officer who fired his gun through the windshield, resulting in a bullet fragment bouncing back and hitting him in his vest.

Flynn- NO Charges for murder
Flynn- NO Charges for murder
7 months ago

Flynn has no ethics. It’s his personal agenda.

NO CHARGES for murder and Flynn blames the victim and his family.

Maybe if Steve Pigeon had stabbed Tyler Lewis his family would get Justice.

Instead Flynn blames the victim and dodges basic questions.

WKBW – Buffalo, New York VISIT SITE

District Attorney John Flynn announced no charges in the murder of 19-year-old Tyler Lewis

By: Yoselin Person
Posted at 9:29 PM, Mar 10, 2023 and last updated 2023-03-13 13:14:50-04
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — District Attorney John Flynn announced no charges in the fatal death of 19-year-old Buffalo State freshman, Tyler Lewis, Friday afternoon.

This comes days after his mother, Roquishia Lewis, held her own news conference.

The DA is saying the murder of Tyler Lewis is closed, but there was no arrests made when Tyler was killed.

“I put every piece of evidence in the grand jury,” he says. “I put enough evidence in the grand jury to give a proper picture of what happened here and the grand jury no billed it.”

Tyler’s mom, Roquishia Lewis, says she believes the DA only held the news conference because she sent an email to his office pledging to hold Flynn and investigators accountable with the evidence her private investigator gathered.

“Basically I called them out on it,” the mother says. “ I let them know that I know exactly all the information and evidence I have and their only concern was how I got the information and it’s sad.”

District Attorney John Flynn replies to the mother’s actions.

“The mother of the victim sent an email basically admitting she taped recorded conversations in our office,” Flynn says. “So my instincts are usually right not to get in the weeds with the family was for a good reason.”

The Buff State freshman that majored in business administration was stabbed on October 14th on the grounds of the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

He went to UB with what he thought were his friends that night.

DA John Flynn says Tyler and the others had a drug deal that went wrong.

The suspect who is said to be a White man between the age of 19 and 22 stabbed Tyler in the chest, in a car.

Flynn says this happened after Tyler presented $1,800 in counterfeit money and punched the accused stabber.

“We know the routes taken, the body is at, but we never recovered a knife or marijuana everything else besides that we know what happened,” District Attorney John Flynn says. “So any future comments of me somehow sandbagging the process can be further but the truth.”

Flynn says after Tyler was left bleeding on the grounds of UB the people involved got lawyers.

The DA says the stabber cleaned the inside of his bloody car and handed it to police, but the accused stabber was not arrested.

Reporter:”So with the stabber cleaning the blood away there’s no responsibility legally whatsoever? Flynn: No, no. Yoselin: “So what charges did you present to the grand jury? Flynn: I can’t answer that question. Yoselin: So no arrests? Flynn: No, the only way there’s an arrest is if they vote to indict then I’ll make an arrest on the indictment.”

The University at Buffalo released a statement in response to Friday’s news conference:

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Erie County District Attorney John Flynn provided an update on Friday, March 10, regarding the multi-agency investigation into the tragic death of Tyler Lewis, with a grand jury concluding that no charges will be filed in the case.

A statement from Flynn is posted online via the DA’s Twitter account[link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com]. Video of the DA’s press briefing can be found on the district attorney’s Facebook [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com]page (Part 1 [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com] and Part 2[link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com]).

“During the many months of this investigation, we extend our appreciation to our law enforcement partners from across the region for their assistance during this comprehensive investigation, including the Office of the Erie County District Attorney, New York State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Town of Amherst Police and Erie County Central Police Services.,” said Chris Bartolomei, UB chief of police. “To Tyler’s family and friends: the investigators, officers and staff within the University Police continue to extend their sincerest condolences.”

During Friday’s briefing, Flynn mentioned the involvement of a UB student who was a friend of the victim. That individual is no longer a student at UB.

University Police would also like to acknowledge the admirable actions of a UB resident assistant (RA) who quickly called for assistance on Oct. 14, 2022, ensuring the prompt arrival of UB Police to the scene — one minute after the call to dispatch — where officers provided first aid and CPR until EMS arrived 11 minutes after the RA’s initial call.

University Police will have no further comment on the case.
It’s unsure whether that student has been expelled or left on their own terms.

Meanwhile, a mother is left grieving the loss of her only child.

“Tyler I love you and I will continue and never stop fighting for you,” Roquishia Lewis, says.

7 months ago

I thought Steve Pigeon was gay. The DA is suggesting after six decades that Pigeon is now attracted to children?

His public damnation of Pigeon over a year ago has failed to bring forth any additional victims. No salacious stories… not even a tidbit to fuel the weak flame ignited by a vindictive DA.

It’s over. Flynn has fucked himself.

Heather Dennis
Heather Dennis
7 months ago

Justice Carter will disqualify Flynn. This isn’t a “choice” at all.

Flynn underestimated Pigeon. Flynn miscalculated.

Flynn did not expect:

1. Steve Pigeon to make bail.

Flynn choreographed the arrest perfectly – right down to making certain Pigeon appeared in court in court in the orange jumpsuit.

Flynn thought Pigeon would remain in prison- leaving him to fight the charges from behind bars— a nearly impossible feat.

2. Pigeons family, friends and the public to fairly evaluate Flynn’s botched and staged press conference.

Flynn’s declaration of absolute guilt and condemnation to life in prison did not isolate Pigeon. His blatant violations of professional conduct raised red flags for all to see.

He shot himself in the foot because he could not contain his hostility and hate.

3. Pigeon to secure an ethical and attorney with who would challenge the integrity of DA Flynn.

If Justice Carter fails to disqualify Flynn it will only get worse. The violations are clear- they’re too extreme to be ignored. And they won’t be ignored.

Flynn’s lack of credibility will continue to be investigated and exposed. He’s exploited a child and condemned an innocent man.

Justice Carter is not going to compromise his own integrity to protect a buffoon who acted with reckless disregard for the office he holds.

Stone Cold Injustice
Stone Cold Injustice
7 months ago

Something is rotten in Erie County and it’s clear the DA was biased.

This is Madness
This is Madness
7 months ago

I can’t believe this is happening. How does this stand up to not disqualify Flynn. He has a much longer history with Pigeon than he admitted.

7 months ago

The tragedy is for the girl. Whether it happened or it didn’t, Flynn’s conduct backs this child into a corner.

His lack of due diligence in only considering one side has failed a young girl. Kids have false memories. Kids going through trauma that can be misplaced. They’re easily influenced by stories of others and social media.

It’s awful if she was raped, but hearing both sides would also be to the benefit of this child.

Flynn has left this child with no way out. If she wanted to recant, she certainly can’t now.

Flynn has failed this child and her entire family- including Steve Pigeon.

Did Flynn not think of the gravity of this situation to the entire extended family? No, instead he exploited this child for his own political agenda.

He’s not given the child Justice. He’s destroyed her life.

Ken Williams.
Ken Williams.
7 months ago

What’s the point of having Rules of Professional conduct is the DA is then permitted to violate them?

Flynn stated more than once that Pigeon should be incarcerated for the rest of his life— without even giving the man the courtesy of an interview?

Flynn is reckless. He shot himself in the foot at the press conference.

It would be bad enough bc of their political history, but Flynn went over the top and publicly revealed his motives.

7 months ago

Being a Democrat Party insider and being accused of pedophilia is not a good place to be right now. Countless Democrat insiders are and have been involved in so many cases of child-rape and child-molestation in recent years. The party has become a safe-space for pedophiles. I certainly hope these charges are bogus, but by virtue of Mr. Pigeon being a hardened Democrat is not in his favor. It’s like being a card carrying member of NAMBLA then being accused of molesting a little boy.

7 months ago
Reply to  Pilgrim

“The party has become a safe-space for pedophiles.”
As has the GOP

How to Indict and Innocent Man
How to Indict and Innocent Man
7 months ago

Flynn’s legacy will be:

How to Indict an Innocent Man
By John Flynn

This is a step by step playbook for how to indict an innocent man.

Thank you FR for making the dark agenda of powerful politicians crystal clear.

7 months ago

Flynn is an angry POS who is using his position to retaliate against Pigeon.

After a successful career in politics Pigeon has ally’s and enemies.

The enemies have now gathered to punish their rival. They don’t care if he raped a child or not. They want Pigeon marginalized forever.

Political payback.

7 months ago

He publicly and undeniably violated the rules of professional conduct and in doing so, destroyed the reputation of Steve Pigeon.

He convicted and sentenced and innocent man. Even if he had all the evidence in the world, he should be removed for his public actions.

If the government has a case, they’ll allow a special prosecutor.

7 months ago

Total injustice

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His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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