ALBANY, N.Y. -- A state court ruling today will allow the wife of convicted arsonist Steven Raucci to collect his pension.
The state appeals court denied a preliminary injunction trying to prevent Shelly Raucci from collecting the $5800 her husband receives in retirement allowance.
The justices found that the state retirement law exempts pension fund payments from being garnished or subject to legal processes.
They also recognized that the so-called "Son of Sam" law which keeps criminals from profiting from their crimes supersedes the retirement law, but a higher court ruled that could not be factored in to the appellate decision.
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