Grand Jury Convened to Probe Lawyer

Grand Jury Convened to Probe Lawyer

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A St. Lawrence County grand jury was empaneled Tuesday to consider whether to bring charges against Canton lawyer Ed Narrow.

Special prosecutor Gary Miles will present evidence to the grand jury, which is expected to hear testimony this week.

Because grand jury proceedings are secret, the identity of who they're investigating isn't disclosed.

However, in this case, it's known acting county judge John Ritchey decided a special prosecutor would investigate Narrow.

Ritchey subsequently picked Miles for the job.

St. Lawrence County district attorney Mary Rain confirmed for 7 News Tuesday that Miles is only a special prosecutor for matters involving Narrow.

Typically, district attorneys convene grand juries; indeed, grand juries are among the most powerful tools prosecutors have. But because Rain's office and Narrow have extensive dealings with each other, Judge Ritchey ruled there's a conflict and there should be a special prosecutor, so Rain is not involved in this grand jury - special prosecutor Miles called for it.

Narrow is a high profile defense lawyer, who was involved in the representation of Oral "Nick" Hillary, the former soccer coach who was accused of - but subsequently found not guilty of - killing his ex-girlfriend's 12 year old son.

Rain has alleged that Narrow committed a felony while signing documents at the jail, by claiming he was posting the bail, as Hillary was being bailed out.

Rain has also raised questions about Narrow's interactions with her former chief assistant, David Haggard.

Narrow told 7 News Tuesday that he denies doing anything wrong. Specifically, Narrow said the source of Hillary's bail was well known but that his name was listed because he was the person who actually went to the jail and remitted the bail - and the rules require an inmate be released to an individual. (Hillary's bail was actually funded by his supporters.)

Narrow said his relationship with Haggard was proper, and that he represented Haggard in small claims court.

Narrow said he looks forward to his day in court, and said Rain is retaliating against him because he filed a grievance against her.

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