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McNally refuses to speak on camera about Halacy case

Posted: Updated: Nov 26, 2013 04:28 PM

RENSSELAER, N.Y.  – After a local district attorney's office made a major mistake in paperwork, NEWS10 ABC has been working to get answers as of how this could happen.

The Rensselaer County District Attorney admits his office made a mistake, which ultimately let an accused child rapist walk free. However, since that revelation came out, District Attorney Rich McNally has refused our repeated requests for an interview.

NEWS10 ABC went back to McNally's office Tuesday and ran into him.

McNally still wouldn't go on camera and said there was nothing new to report. He said he is annoyed that NEWS10 ABC continues to stop by, but he declined to say if any changes were being made in the wake of the error. He also refused to speak about Assistant District Attorney Laura Krueglar's decision to resign.

John Halacy, 24, appeared in court last week. He is accused of sexually abusing two young girls is now facing five misdemeanors instead of the original 19 felony charges.

The Rensselaer County Legislature has also voiced their outrage and is continuing its effort to hold McNally accountable. Since their initial letter sent to McNally on November 21st, they have sent two follow-up letters asking for an explanation.

Chairman of the County Legislature Martin Reid believes this case is larger than Krueglar making a paperwork mistake.

"I think if you're a manager, you're routinely meeting with your [Assistant District Attorneys]. You're continually going over their files and this should have been picked up, but it wasn't," said Reid.

Reid says McNally has called them back but he says they want his response in writing and won't stop until they get it. McNally's last day is December 31st because he is a State Supreme Court Judge Elect.

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