- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

YORK, N.Y. (AP) - State officials say a retired New York trooper-turned-town judge shouldn’t have kept media from covering the arraignment of a suspect who’s a state police major’s daughter.

York Town Court Judge Walter Purtell said he banned reporters from last Friday’s arraignment of Danielle Allen on manslaughter charges because the courtroom was too small. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office charged her with fatally stabbing her boyfriend, Marcus Postell, on Nov. 21.

She’s free on bail after pleading not guilty.

Allen is the daughter of Maj. Richard Allen, state police commander for a 10-county area that includes Livingston.

A state court administration official tells The Associated Press Purtell should’ve allowed reporters in the courtroom or moved to a larger venue.

The case has been moved to town court in neighboring Caledonia to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.

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