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Schoharie limo crash lawyer: Fair trial in small town may be challenging

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 26, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: February 26, 2020 05:36 PM

SCHOHARIE - A pretrial hearing connected to the 2018 Schoharie limo crash was held Wednesday in the case of limo company operator Nauman Hussain.

The hearing lasted less than one hour, which is typical in most criminal cases.

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After the hearing, attorney Joseph Tacopina mentioned he has been thinking about the small size of the population in Schoharie County and how challenging it might be to find enough jurors who don't know about the limo tragedy, or who haven't formed an opinion of who might be responsible.

Tacopina also says he hasn't ruled out requesting a change in venue, but he said it is extremely unlikely that could happen.

Tacopina says he trusts the people of Schoharie County to do the right thing.

Tacopina's client, Nauman Hussain, faces 20 counts of manslaughter and 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide.

There is one more pretrial hearing scheduled for March 30. The beginning of the trial is set for May 4.

Tacopina says there are no issues he believes could delay the start of this trial. However, that's not to say there are no issues right now on his mind.

Hear some of the issues Tacopina has, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


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