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Lawyer presses term limits case in Suffolk

While the state Appellate Division has ruled against him twice, attorney Bruce Plesser has not given up on getting client Peter Nichols a chance to appeal a State Supreme Court decision that threw out term limits for Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and two other countywide officials.

Plesser has sent a letter to the Suffolk County attorney’s office asking that the county as a “matter of professional courtesy” drop its notice of appeal, which does not expire until early May. Plesser said the appellate division has denied his bid to expedite while the county notice is pending. Both the county Legislature and County Executive Steve Bellone have come out against appealing the case.

“Everyone should have an opportunity to be heard,” Plesser said in his letter, warning that a delay has the “possibility of throwing everything in the electoral process into chaos.”

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Rep. Michael Grimm saying he can continue to serve despite pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on the GOP to push Grimm out. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declining to comment until he meets with Grimm.

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