On April 17th, 2016, Troy Police Sergeant Randall French shot unarmed Edson Thevenin to death after pulling him over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Less than one week later, then Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove hastily convened a Grand Jury to review the case against Mr. French, while at the same time effectively granting French immunity. Abelove then failed to show the Grand Jury key evidence as well as apparent contradictions in French’s description of the killing. This apparent misuse of power led the Attorney General to indict Mr. Abelove himself on counts of official misconduct and perjury.
This is a recording of the closing statement of Mr. Abelove’s attorney, William Dreyer, delivered on September 24, 2020.
Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols acquitted Mr. Abelove of all charges.