By NATHAN BROWN - Enterprise Staff Writer - August 15, 2009
SARANAC LAKE - A state Supreme Court judge has rejected a challenge to the nomination petitions of Kristy Sprague, who is running for Essex County District Attorney against incumbent Julie Garcia.
The lawsuit, filed by five Elizabethtown residents, was challenging the validity of her candidacy mainly based on her residency in Clinton County. Judge Robert Muller heard the case Thursday, and ruled Friday that Sprague can run.
"They were wrong on the law, wrong on the facts, and as far as my opinion is, it was a publicity stunt and nothing more than that," Sprague said.
"I'm disappointed," said James Walsh, of Schenectady, the lawyer for the five. "I thought we had provided the judge with the necessary information and background."
Walsh had argued that Sprague should legally have to be a county resident to run for Essex County DA; however, Muller ruled she can live in Clinton County for now as long as she is an Essex County resident by Election Day.
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