By Patricia Minichiello
Judge Cortland T. Corsones recused himself Wednesday from the jury draw in a case against former Death Race organizer Andrew Weinberg.
Corsones cited a conflict of interest in the case because witness Christopher Corsones is the judge’s nephew. In the future, Judge Nancy Corsones could also be recused, according to court filings.
Weinberg was formally partners in the now-defunct Death Race with Joseph DeSena, also known as “Joe Millionaire.” The race took place annually for more than a decade in Pittsfield, but came to a halt in 2014.
Weinberg pleaded innocent on Dec. 14, 2015, to unlawful trespass in Rutland criminal.
An affidavit filed with the court said that around 10 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2015, Vermont State Police Trooper Kipp Colburn was called to DeSena’s property at 57 Tweed River Drive in Pittsfield, for a trespassing complaint.
Weinberg was seen mountain biking on the trails located on Riverside Farm, the trooper wrote.
The trooper wrote that he spoke to Weinberg at his residence and Weinberg acknowledged he was biking on the trails on DeSena’s property and he was aware of the “No Trespass” order against him.
But Weinberg said the trails were part of the VAST system and open to the public, the trooper wrote.
“Review of the VAST information page states the following ‘Landowner permission is required to ride on private land,'” the trooper wrote in the affidavit.
A status conference in the case will be set at a future date.
Patricia Minichiello is a freelance reporter and editor of vtpresspass.com. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.