Legal analyst Barry Covert answers Buffalo’s mayors race questions

India Walton-Byron Brown mayoral race

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A judge’s ruling means Mayor Byron Brown will be on the ballot for the November election on the Buffalo Party line against India Walton, who will be on the democratic line.

Attorney and legal analyst Barry Covert joined us on News 4 at 5:30 to break down the legal implications.

Covert spoke on if he thought there was a conflict of interest with Judge John Sinatra ruling on this case as Sinatra’s brother is a Buffalo developer and longtime supporter of Brown.

Covert says that his first reaction to the ruling was “this was a huge break for the mayor.”

“It’s a great benefit to Mayor Brown,” he said. “It was not a forgone conclusion that he would prevail at this stage of the proceedings. It was a well thought out ruling.”

He also spoke on Mayor Brown’s federal case and case in state court to get on the ballot. Covert also touched on Democratic nominees India Walton’s chance for appeal.

“She may well prevail,” he said. “My reading would be that Judge Sinatra’s ruling will be upheld and my prediction is that the mayor will be on the ballot.”

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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