On Monday a local attorney was charged with witness tampering in Ontario County Court.
Andrew Tabashneck, who is representing Erin Rhynes – charged with attempted murder in connection with a Geneva incident – was handcuffed in court on witness tampering charges.
“I’m really in shock. I was ready to try this case on behalf of my client. I was ethically fighting for his rights and believe in my client’s innocence,” Tabashneck told the Canandaigua Messenger. “I’m looking forward to clearing my name. I’ve now got the clients’ perspective of what they go through.”
“I’m still waiting for more information on the allegations made against me by the District Attorney’s Office” added Tabashneck. “I take great pride in ethically representing my clients rights and am always willing to fight for them within the framework of our constitutional rights.”
Tabashneck’s law office is based in Buffalo.
Prior to the new charges – filed in Ontario County Court – the attorney noted that he had spent hours on the Rhynes case.
Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride is prosecuting the attempted murder trial, Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts handled Tabashneck’s arraignment, according to the Messenger.
“The allegations are that he (Tabashneck) contacted a witness in the attempted murder case and tried to influence them into providing false information during testimony,” MacBride told media afterward.
The misdemeanor charge filed against Tabashbeck carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, and three years probation.
Now though, Rhynes, who had a evidentiary hearing scheduled for Monday – must find new representation by December 7th.