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Nov 19, 2009 11:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot attorney will represent two suspended Westhampton Beach Police officers

Nov 19, 2009 11:03 AM

William Keahon, the attorney representing Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot in her upcoming DWI trial, will also represent the two officers who were suspended from the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department during their future disciplinary hearings.

Mr. Keahon confirmed Monday that he will be representing Westhampton Beach Police Officers Michael Bruetsch and Joseph Pesapane. Both officers were suspended, with pay, by Mayor Conrad Teller on October 21 after the Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs Bureau concluded that they lied to superior officers and investigators about the circumstances surrounding a fellow officer’s missing handgun, which was later recovered.

A date for the disciplinary hearings has not yet been set, according to Mr. Keahon. The officers are still suspended as of this week.

An internal memo that summarized the conclusions of the investigation, and was obtained by The Southampton Press from an anonymous source, determined that “the allegations of three counts of conduct unbecoming [of an officer] and five counts of lying/false statement” filed against Officer Bruetsch were “substantiated.” The same report states that Officer Pesapane provided “a false statement when questioned regarding whether he had communicated with anyone about the incident” prior to being interviewed by internal investigators on June 16. Investigators with the Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs Bureau also determined that the allegation of lying/false statement filed against Officer Pesapane “be classified as substantiated.”

Ms. Kabot was arrested by Westhampton Beach Village Police on Labor Day and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor. Her trial is scheduled to begin on December 10.

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I find it interesting that the Southampton Press feels the need to "report" in this article about 2 police officers that William Keahon is also "the attorney representing Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot in her upcoming DWI trial," as if one thing has anything to do with the other? I'm sure Mr. Keahon represents MANY other clients, but is it necessary to attach each and every one of their names to an article relating ANOTHER client? I don't think so.
By TocoToucan (1), Remsenburg on Nov 19, 09 1:07 PM
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More to the point ... does anyone not see what is happening here? Attorney William Keahon is creating what appears to be one helluva conflict of interest ... his defense of Linda Kabot in her DWI arrest most likely will center on Attorney Keahon discrediting the Westhampton Beach Police Department, its training, its policies et al ... and now we read Attorney Keahon is taking on a second anti-WHB Police Dept case representing two officers who were suspended with pay. Keahon appears to want to wholly ...more
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 19, 09 2:20 PM
This could get pretty interesting. I wonder what interesting revelations will spring forth. I have taken off for Linda's trial in December which should provide some real legal street theater.

I have been critical of William Keahon's close persona relationship with DA Tom Spota dating from the time they both were junior prosecutors; particularly in regards to the Tankleff case.

However, Mr. Keahon is one of the top echelon attorneys on Long Island. He has made a career out ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Nov 19, 09 5:23 PM
What did Keahon have to do with Tankleff ? Tankleff was prosecuted by ADA John Collins and was defended at trial by Robert Gotlieb. Keahon was not involved even post conviction aspects of this case.

One thing is for sure. The Village of Westhampton Beach Police Department will be subjected to scrutiny it has never experienced. No doubt there will be some unfair innuendo, the real question outside that Riverhead Town Justice Court, is whether there are other challenges to the integrity ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Nov 20, 09 8:10 AM
Oh, Publius, I get shivers when I read your stern posts.

"...whether there are other challenges to the integrity of the Department that will warrant further examination of this department and ALL of its personnel."

By Pedro Salazar (22), Center Moriches on Nov 20, 09 12:24 PM
Pedro- I didn't want you or anyone else to infer that I know that there is something rotten in the Department, or with any one or more officers. There may or may not be.

However, once people have to start raising their hands and taking an oath lots can happen. That is particularly the case when that oath is followed by examination from an attorney that has a lot of experience both as a homicide prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. He knows the good the bad and the ugly from both ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Nov 20, 09 1:18 PM
.And maybe........you don't have a clue what you are talking about!
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Nov 21, 09 11:42 AM
Publius often has no idea what he's talking about, but that has never stopped him from lengthy comments in service to his friends on the village board, and attacks upon the Police Chief.

Read the above -- no accusations, nothing solid, but a recitation of unsubstantiated allegations.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 23, 09 11:02 AM
There's Mr. Wheeler again with nothing to contribute but personal insults. Grow up, Frankie.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 23, 09 12:59 PM
Look for more "anonymous letters" from third-hand sources really soon...
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 19, 09 6:28 PM
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Isn't it Ironic? Don't ya Think?
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 20, 09 11:18 AM
In the interest of clarification, Keahon had nothing to do with the Tankleff per se and I apologize to him for not making that clear enough. In fact, Keahon and I had a discussion regarding the Tankleff. It was his opinion that Marty did not get the best of council during his original trial. I am of the opinion that due to the political climate of the time, Marty would have been convicted no matter who his attorney was. My problem with Keahon were due to remarks he made in Newsday defending ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Nov 21, 09 1:05 PM
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William Keahon is a criminal defense lawyer. The Officers in WHB are facing administrative charges. Sounds like they need a labor attorney not a criminal attorney.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Nov 25, 09 7:57 AM
Nice things have been mentioned and I am glad to be the part of it..
Tia Smith
By tiasmith123 (1), ny on Dec 17, 09 7:03 AM