On Dec. 2, Danielle Allen, the woman charged with second degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Marcus Postell, was arraigned in York Town Court. Allen is the daughter of Troop E commander, Major Richard Allen. In court, the York Town Judge Walter Purtell did not allow members of the media to enter the courtroom.
Court transcripts have been released showing a Livingston County judge commenting on kicking the media out of a court room -- in violation of the law.
On Dec. 2, Danielle Allen, the woman charged with second degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Marcus Postell, was arraigned in York Town Court. York Town Judge Walter Purtell did not allow members of the media to enter the courtroom.
Court transcripts show the exchange between a court clerk and Judge Purtell:
Clerk: You better open the door because they're going to sue us because we've got the door shut.
Judge Purtell: Who?
Clerk: 13. And they're all out here and this guy is in Rochester calling us so I don't know what to tell him.
Judge Purtell: Sue us for what?
Clerk: Because it's open court and just open the door. Just don't let – if they want to come in.
Judge Purtell: That's what the Town needs is a good suit.
Read the full court transcript here.
In court, Judge Purtell also referred to Allen’s father, Richard Allen, Troop E commander as “Major.”
Judge Purtell: Okay. And, Major, you're in a position that you will be able to get that going right away, sir?
Major: Yes, sir.
The case has been moved to Caledonia Court. News10NBC spoke with Supervising Judge Craig Doran. He said that after the public was denied access to the arraignment of Danielle Allen in the Town of York Court, he and Supreme Court Justice Alex Renzi decided to let another judge handle the case while it remains at the local level.
Danielle Allen's attorney did enter a plea of not guilty.