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Thomas Spota

Thomas J. Spota III
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District Attorney of Suffolk County
In office
January 1, 2002 – November 10, 2017
Preceded byJames M. Catterson, Jr.
Succeeded byEmily Constant
ConstituencySuffolk County, New York
Personal details
Born1941
Political partyDemocratic
EducationFairfield University (B.A.)
St. John's University (J.D.)
WebsiteSuffolk County District Attorney's Office

Thomas J. Spota III (born 1941, New York) is an American attorney and politician, who served as the District Attorney of Suffolk County, New York, serving from 2002 to late 2017. During this period, Spota was inducted into the Long Island Press Power List Hall of Fame in 2009, having been named to the Power List at least five times.[1]

Spota resigned November 10, 2017, after he was indicted on federal charges of obstruction of justice in the investigation of Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke.[2][3][4] Spota was subsequently found guilty and faces up to 20 years in prison.[5] Spota was disbarred on June 10, 2020.[6]

  1. ^ Power List 2009 Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Keshner, Andrew. "Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota resigning Friday after allegedly covering up police chief beating". New York Daily News. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  3. ^ Campbell, Danielle. "Spota, under indictment, finishes DA career under cloud of cover-up charges". News 12 Long Island. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ Swenson, Kyle. "A scandal sent a Long Island police chief to prison. Now it's brought down the D.A., too". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/nyregion/tom-spota-trial-verdict.html
  6. ^ http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/Handdowns/2020/Decisions/D62922.pdf