Venditto’s attorneys ask judge for mistrial in corruption case
Former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto's attorneys have asked the judge to declare a mistrial and start over in the Mangano-Venditto federal corruption trial.
According to Newsday, the motion was filed by attorneys Marc Agnifilo and Joshua Kirshner – who argued that hypothetical questions that prosecutors asked of a bond investor and an outside town auditor were not designed to seek information but instead were intended to unfairly prejudice his client and serve as impermissible argument to the jury.
Venditto and former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano are fighting charges that they took bribes from restaurateur Harendra Singh.
Singh secured lucrative county contracts and more than $20 million in town-guaranteed loans after he says he provided the former officials with perks.