An upstate New York appeals court has reduced the severity of the charge a state inmate was convicted of for sending a dozen letters in 2007 filled with foot powder to the Rev. Al Sharpton, the New York State Bar Association, the Prisoners Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society and others to draw attention to his grievances.

An Appellate Division, 3rd Department, panel ruled in People v. Lettley, 102088, that a first-degree placing of a false bomb or hazardous substance charge cannot be sustained against Keith Lettley because the destinations of his letters were not a “public building” or a “public place” within the meaning of the law.

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