BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Makowski abruptly resignedFriday after getting caught up in a DWI cover-up scandal with aformer prosecutor.
Anne Adams pleaded guilty to DWI, falsifying documents andevidence tampering Friday.
Late Friday afternoon, Anne Adams, a high profile lawyer andformer prosecutor with the Erie County District Attorney's officeadmitted driving while intoxicated, when she was stopped by HamburgPolice back in September.
Adams also admitted to Judge Sheila DiTullio she deliberatelytried to mislead investigators with a day late a blood sample asevidence.
DiTullio asked, "And solicited said physician to falsifyon the tube containing the blood sample that said blood sample wasdrawn on September 2, 2008?
Adams answered, "That is correct."
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said, "...whereshe had enough time to de-toxify, and she had a normal bloodalcohol content, consistent with somebody who was sober."
Initially Adams claimed she was sober, and State Supreme CourtJustice Joseph Makowski vouched for Adams, even signing anaffidavit that she seemed okay, when they were together at ShanghaiRed's Restaurant shortly before the arrest.
But faced with overwhelming evidence by the authorities, JusticeMakowski admitted he lied, leaving Adams with little choice but tochange her plea to guilty.
Sedita said, "Her conduct was disgraceful, and she is being heldaccountable for that conduct. She is now a criminal."
Makowski then handed in his resignation to 8th DistrictAdministrative Judge Sharon Townsend effective March 5th.
Sedita said, "This man is in a position of authority, is apublic figure, is called upon to make judgments and decisions everyday. He holds a position of public trust, and therefore must beheld to a higher standard."
Sedita says it was Anne Adams' physician who drew that bloodfrom Anne Adams who tipped off authorities.
Sedita says he expects Makowski and Adams to face disciplinaryaction and possible disbarrment.
When asked if this was a case of the cover-up being worse thanthe crime, Sedita answered 'yes,' as it always is.
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