About an hour before Patrick Kane's 2 p.m. arraignment, news cameras were stationed on Delaware Avenue outside Buffalo City Court waiting for him to arrive.
When the 20-year-old Chicago Blackhawk did, along with his attorney and parents, the cameras and reporters followed them through the metal detectors and up to the seventh floor of the courthouse. But they were stopped just outside Chief Judge Thomas P. Amodeo's courtroom door.
Per the request of defense attorneys, cameras were kept out of the court proceeding.
Both Patrick T. Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree assault and theft of services, both misdemeanors, and harassment, a violation, during a five-minute arraignment.
After today's court appearance, Patrick Kane addressed reporters outside the courthouse. Listen to his statement here.
Above: Kane is pictured after giving his statement to reporters. (Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)
An Erie County grand jury convened last week indicted the Kane cousins on the above charges, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita said Wednesday.
The Kanes are accused of beating 62-year-old cab driver Jan Radecki, leaving him with a broken nose and broken glasses.
Patrick Kane, a South Buffalo native, participated in orientation camp for the U.S. Olympic team earlier this week.
James Kane initially hired Daniel Barry Jr., an attorney who works in the Buffalo Legal Aid Bureau, shortly after his arrest. When he came to court today, he was represented by prominent Buffalo defense attorney Joel L. Daniels.
Patrick Kane's attorney is Paul J. Cambria Jr., another high-profile Buffalo attorney.
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