Discovery Brings About Request for Dismissal of Trial
Conspiracy Allegations Questioned for Seemingly a Lack of Proof
NEW YORK, NY and YONKERS, NY – A tax preparer, Mr Walid Farhad, who testified last Friday at the behest of the government also underwent cross examination. When the court concluded its finds for the day, it was expected to have the tax preparer return today. Instead, two letters, from different doctors beseeched the court to not demand the triple by-pass survivor of last June or July not need to return to conclude the cross examination under the command of William Aronwald, legal counsel for former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi. After an engaging discussion, the Hon. Colleen McMahon, District Judge, decided to attend the tax preparer’s Danbury, Connecticut, beside to conclude the cross examination. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Perry Carbone and Jason Halperin assured the judge a videographer and court reporter would be present at 10:00 a.m.; by the time she will have arrived at the witness’ home. Once concluded, the entourage will depart Danbury for the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in Manhattan. The government is expected to rest after the concluding testimony afforded by tax preparer Farhad.
The discourse and concern over Mr Farhad’s state of health, when concluded before Mr Farhad’s two medical advocates, the Hon. McMahon, and legal counsel, was patiently mitigated among all parties concerned. Legal counsel for defendants Jereis and Annabi, Anthony Siana, Esq., and William Aronwald, Esq., respectively, found the prosecution’s star witness, Anthony Mangone, to have allegedly perjured himself by stating that he, Mr Mangone, had received $30,000 in cash from Antonio Milio, founder of the real estate and development firm, Milio Management, for the purpose of giving it to Mr Jereis, who in turn it was suggested would turn the cash over to Ms Annabi, thereby cajoling her to vote in approval over the Longfellow Project.
When U.S. Attorney’s Halperin and Carbone turned over copies of Mr Antonio Milio’s, and his adult son, Franco Milio’s passports, it was learned that both Antonio and Franco Milio were vacationing in Mexico, from September 24th to October 1st, exactly the period during which Mr Mangone asserts he received a total of $40,000 in cash from Mr Antonio Milio.
Mr Mangone is said my Mssrs. Carbone and Halperin to believe that was the time period during which he received the cash from Mr Antonio Milio. Mr Carbone believes it is not crucial to their case whether the date is specific or simply sufficient by being to the best recollection of Mr Mangone.
Mr Siana, Esq., requested a mistrial; Judge McMahon placed the request in abeyance, pending further study, specifically, a re-reading by the Hon. McMahon of the transcript so as to ascertain the exact language used by Mr Mangone in his testimony before her court last week. The government asserts Mr Mangone’s recollection was simply that, a recollection, to his best ability, and did not require greater specificity. Dendendant’s legal counsel was adamantly in disagreement.
The government’s hand was further weakened by the telling of FBI Agent Dennehy upon his stating, “I relied on Mr Mangone’s testimony!”
This, despite Mr Mangone’s reputation placed in question earlier that same morning.
It was after lunch that Hon. McMahon, inquired as to the evidence anticipated to be brought before her courtroom that would bind the charge of “bribery,” rather than what has until now been seemingly gifts, that is, “items transferred to an individual, directly or indirectly, with no return” demanded.
The legal banter found Hon. McMahon understanding the government position regarding the “circumstantial” Longfellow Project. The Judge was however, “having trouble with the other theory,” that is, “conspiracy,” as she has gleaned no evidence toward that end and wanted to learn of the government’s prospects for proving their case.
The government has until today conjectured that since 2002, when there was not even a glimmer of thought of a Ridge Hill development project, or one for the Longellow project, that Mr Jereis had plied Ms Annabi with gifts, “markers,” if you will, noted Judge McMahon, in anticipation of a time, whould it ever reveal itself, when Mr jereis could count on getting a vote from Ms Annabi for whatever project ot issue arose, and that she would comply. Judge McMahon hase yet to recognize, “What is the evidence?” She has repeatedly stated, “conspiracy,” which is the charge brought by the government, “needs connection.” She asks, “Where did this understanding ever come about?
The government suggest they need not prove more than the behavior pattern is sufficient to prove their case.”
Judge McMahon is still in search of “any evidence of a meeting of the minds.” The government contends, “Concealment plus payment equals a bribe.”
Mr Siano suggests most vehemently that without Mr Mangone, there is no Longfellow case. Mr Mangone scammed the Milio’s.
We’ll learn more on Wednesday, March 14th.