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Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, On Nov. 10, 2011, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, center, leaves Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, New York. Federal authorities say Spota has been indicted in connection with a cover-up in a 2012 police assault case. (AP photo by John Dunn)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his chief of investigations, Christopher McPartland, were indicted Wednesday for their alleged role in attempting to cover up an assault by former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Spota and McPartland were charged with four counts, including witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to do the same. According to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde, the two Suffolk County officials, alongside Burke and other members of the SCPD, attempted to conceal an investigation by the Eastern District and the FBI into a December 2012 assault on a detained suspect by Burke and others.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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