Secret business relationship could compromise 2017 Albany double-murder conviction

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 21, 2020 06:17 PM
Created: February 21, 2020 11:29 AM

ALBANY - Can you be a defense attorney and a prosecutor at the same time? That was the issue in Albany on Friday as convicted double-murderer Edward Mero walked back into court.

A judge will decide if his 2017 trial was tainted by a secret business relationship between his defense attorney and a former Albany County prosecutor.


District Attorney David Soares testified that his friend and colleague Steven Sharp prosecuted several cases against well-known area Defense Attorney Cheryl Coleman – although he didn't know how many.

Even though Soares says he was shocked to find out about the working relationship between Coleman and Sharp, he didn't believe Sharp compromised the district attorney's office, he thinks Sharp simply exercised poor judgement.

It is the ethics of that working relationship that is being questioned in this legal community.

It is the question of whether the double-murder conviction of Edward Mero was tainted by the Coleman-Sharp relationship that is the focus of the proceeding before state Supreme Court Justice Peter Lynch.

New defense attorneys are now arguing that Mero's defense conviction needs to be tossed aside.

Hear more about Coleman's testimony – and learn why Sharp continued to work for District Attorney David Soares' office for 48 days after Soares found out about the secret working relationship, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

BREAKING NEWS - David Soares: We've had several conversations with Steven Sharp where I conveyed my dissatisfaction and displeasure. That's why he lost his job.

— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) February 21, 2020

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