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Former Suffolk DA Spota Accuses Government Of Concealing Evidence

Former Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota
Ed Betz
Thomas Spota

for former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota say the government is withholding evidence that could prove he was not involved in an alleged cover up.

Prosecutors say Spota helped former police chief James Burke cover up the 2012 beating of a handcuffed man. 

Burke pleaded guilty in 2016 to violating the man’s civil rights by assaulting him after his arrest. 

Spota’s lawyers now say in court filings this week that Burke never admitted the assault to Spota, and that the government has evidence that Burke maintained his innocence. 

The trial is scheduled to begin in November. 

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.