A Sackets Harbor attorney said she received a phone call Thursday from an anonymous man who said she had a choice: drop a $50 million lawsuit against the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department, or risk her law career and her ability to drive without constantly being pulled over.
Charu Narang said the caller identified himself as connected with the Sheriffs Department.
This is not something that happens in a civilized society, Ms. Narang said.
Ms. Narangs client in the state Supreme Court lawsuit, sheriffs Deputy Krystal G. Rice, alleges that a detective took topless photographs of her in an online pedophile sting and that those photographs no longer can be accounted for.
Sheriff John P. Burns could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
I am appalled that the sheriffs office is resorting to such tactics to intimidate, harass and coerce me and my client, Ms. Narang wrote in a letter to David J. Paulsen, Jefferson County attorney.
She said received her phone call shortly after noon. The person told her that if she proceeded with the lawsuit, it would become extremely difficult for Ms. Narang to practice law. The person also said that her life would become unbearable because of how often shed get pulled over.
Mr. Paulsen said the county clerks office also received a suspicious call before noon.
He was making number of statements that were very demanding, Mr. Paulsen said. Nothing they were able to do seemed to satisfy this gentleman.
Mr. Paulsen, who declined to elaborate on the nature of the callers demands, said county clerk employees spoke with the man for about 15 minutes.
To threaten someone for exercising their rights is unacceptable, Mr. Paulsen said.
Ms. Narang said the lawsuit is now in a holding pattern. The Sheriffs Department, represented by Mr. Paulsen, will have the opportunity to question Ms. Rice on May 16, Ms. Narang said.