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March 7, 2012
Yonkers trial: evidence that Council Member Annabi fudged numbers to get home loans, didn't disclose help from Jereis
Atlantic Yard Report
With the departure of witnesses from developer Forest City Ratner and Anthony Mangone, the admitted felon who's trying to get a break by testifying, the Yonkers corruption trial has moved into a somewhat drier phase, as prosecutors emphasize documents in their efforts to make the case against former Council Member Sandy Annabi and her distant cousin and one-time campaign manager, Zehy Jereis.
But the proceeding yesterday in federal court began with some contentiousness between the competing legal teams.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Halperin called U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon's attention to an interview Annabi's attorney William Aronwald had given to News12, the Westchester television outlet, regarding Mangone, who testified that he passed on money from developer Milio Management to Jereis, but also admitted many lies and ethical violations.
Aronwald, according to Halperin, had said, "We're on our way to hopefully convincing this jury that [Mangone] is not at all credible for anything."
Aronwald protested that, "if that's all they shared, it was taken out of context."
"Even so," responded McMahon, "no more interviews."
The prosecution phase of the case is expected to conclude Thursday or Monday.
The Journal News, Prosecutors: Annabi mortgage applications gave fake tax documents
Posted by eric at March 7, 2012 10:21 AM