Town of Bethlehem says zoning code 'too severe'

Supervisor Jack Cunningham said the local law to change the zoning code would go into effect as soon as the paperwork is filed with the state.

Cunningham said town justices will have discretion in the sentencing of such cases and could impose both a fine and a jail sentence or successive sentences.

However, Cunningham pointed out that code violation trials are "extraordinarily uncommon."

Quinn said he remains confident that he will win his trial, and although he originally sought to represent himself, his case was referred to Ryan.

"Harvey was representing himself and he had wanted a jury trial because he thought there would be jail time involved," Ryan said. "This is just a violation, not a crime."

Ryan said whatever the town justice decides; Quinn will be facing a fine at most.""

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