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Former Suffolk DA Spota sentenced to five years in prison and $100,000 fine

by Aug 10, 2021
Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine today after attempting to obstruct a federal investigation into the brutality of a prisoner by former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke in 2012.

Documents in ex-Suffolk DA’s corruption trial reveal county politics at their sordid worst

by May 16, 2021
Thanks to the federal judge in disgraced Suffolk district attorney Tom Spota's corruption trial, we have a glimpse into how things work behind the scenes in Suffolk. It's not a pretty picture and hasn't been fully reported by the press. Column by Greg Blass.

Corruption laid bare — now what?

by Dec 29, 2019
There was one chilling disclosure after another in the corruption trial of former Suffolk DA Thomas Spota, who, along with former chief of investigations and chief of the DA’s government corruption bureau Christopher McParland, was convicted this month of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and other charges in federal court.

Former D.A. and top prosecutor convicted of obstruction of justice, witness tampering, conspiracy charges

by Dec 17, 2019
Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota and his top anticorruption prosecutor Christopher McPartland were convicted today of all four counts of an indictment charging them with obstruction of justice, witness tampering, conspiracy and being accessories after the fact to former police chief's deprivation of a prisoner's civil rights.

Spota will resign as county district attorney following federal charges of obstruction of justice

by Oct 26, 2017
Thomas Spota is stepping down after federal prosecutors charged him yesterday with obstruction of justice and witness tampering during the federal investigation of an assault by the former county policy chief.

Suffolk District Attorney Spota charged with covering up for county police chief’s assault, obstruction of justice

by Oct 25, 2017
Federal prosecutors have charged Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota with obstruction of justice and witness tampering, arguing that he attempted to cover up a 2012 assault by former county police chief James Burke.

Suffolk D.A. announces ‘dismantling’ of two major drug networks on East End

by Jul 19, 2016
A major investigation has led to the dismantling of two drug distribution networks on the East End and the arrest of 14 people, including three...

Greg Blass Recent history provides context for understanding Bellone-Spota standoff

by Jun 6, 2016
How will the current drama between Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and County Executive Steve Bellone play out? Look to political theater of the 1990s for clues.

Defendant in Sunrise Highway wrong-way crash that killed Aquebogue man indicted on ‘depraved indifference’ murder charge

by Mar 21, 2016
The driver of a vehicle in the head-on collision on Sunrise highway that killed 57-year-old Thomas D'Eletto of Aquebogue Dec. 23 was indicted on second degree murder and other charges.

D.A. Tom Spota: Multi-state trafficking ring put millions of dollars worth of marijuana onto Suffolk’s streets

by Jul 1, 2015
Suffolk D.A. Tom Spota announced the indictment on felony conspiracy and drug charges of 12 people — including a Calverton man said to be a principal dealer — involved in a multi-state marijuana trafficking ring.