Author: Jason Brough

Erie County D.A. says evidence in Kane case ‘not tampered with’


Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita today refuted allegations of evidence-tampering in the Patrick Kane sexual assault case.

“The forensic evidence in this case was not tampered with, nor was it compromised,” Sedita said.

“We believe the complainant’s mother has carried out an elaborate hoax.”

In a detailed presentation to reporters, Sedita said that the brown paper bag that was displayed during Wednesday’s press conference by the accuser’s former lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, never contained the rape kit.

“A rape kit is a box,” said Sedita. “It is not a bag. Nor does it require a bag.”

Sedita said that the bag that Eoannou displayed Wednesday had been provided by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) on August 2 and given to the accuser’s mother. The SANE, according to Sedita, had requested that the accuser’s mother place the accuser’s “top” in the bag “for later collection by the police.”

Sedita said that the “last person seen with the brown paper bag” on August 2 “is the same person who purportedly discovered the brown paper bag” on Tuesday. “That being the complainant’s mother.”

Sedita would not speculate on the mother’s motive for her actions. He did not believe that charges would be filed against the mother, as “it is not a crime in the state of New York to make fraudulent representations to a private party,” i.e. by the mother to Eoannou.

Sedita did not know if the accuser knew of her mother’s actions.

Sedita said that the rape investigation is ongoing and that there’s no timetable for its completion.

“The question in my mind is not when this case will go to a grand jury, it’s if this case will go to a grand jury,” he said.

“I have never seen anything like this,” he added.

The following are screen shots of slides used today by Sedita:

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Francis Bouillon announces retirement

Francis Bouillon, David Desharnais

Francis Bouillon has retired.

The 39-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the Montreal Canadiens’ website.

Bouillon finished with 149 points in 776 NHL games for Montreal and Nashville. He also played in 55 playoff games.

Bouillon’s last NHL game was on May 29, 2014 — a 1-0 Canadiens loss to the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He played last season in Switzerland.

Erie County D.A. calls press conference to address evidence-tampering allegations in Kane case

Patrick Kane

Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita has called a press conference for tomorrow morning to address allegations of evidence-tampering in the Patrick Kane sexual assault case.

It was reported earlier today that Sedita’s office had taken into possession the “rape-kit evidence bag” that Kane’s accuser’s lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, claimed had been tampered with.

Eoannou insisted yesterday that the bag was “authentic” and had been “anonymously delivered to the home of” the accuser’s mother.

Sedita promised yesterday to investigate the allegations, which both the Hamburg Police Department and Erie County Central Police Services seemed to refute in separate statements.

Sedita’s press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The media didn’t get fed last night in Brooklyn

Hot dogs

From the Daily News:

The Islanders’ relationship with Barclays Center in their first official week in Brooklyn already is off to a bumpy start.

The two partners have been haggling over a generally minor and silly monetary issue — specifically, the prices the team must pay the arena to provide meals for NHL off-ice officials and purchasable ones for the media.

Because of this dispute, the media covering last night’s Islanders-Devils preseason game didn’t get a pre-game meal.


According to the News, the Isles claim the prices that are being charged by the arena are “exorbitant.”

The arena disagrees, with one source telling the newspaper, “The Islanders perhaps have decided the media isn’t that important to them.”

This is obviously a very serious situation. If there’s one thing that sports fans care deeply about, it’s that their heroes in the press box are happy.

So hopefully this dispute ends soon. Otherwise there could be trouble…

Akeson to have hearing for hit on Greening


We have our first disciplinarian hearing of 2015-16.

The NHL announced today that Buffalo forward Jason Akeson will have a hearing Friday afternoon for charging/an illegal check to the head of Ottawa’s Colin Greening.

Greening reportedly “left the ice on wobbly legs” after the second-period collision. Ottawa’s Travis Ewanyk reacted by instigating a fight with Akeson.

No penalty was assessed for the hit.