A Diamond of a Corruption Trial – De Blasio Attesting to Rechnitz’s Character? Pot Meet Kettle, Kettle Meet Pot

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De Blasio subpoenaed to testify at NYPD corruption trial

A former NYPD official wants to force Mayor Bill de Blasio to testify on his behalf when he goes on trial in a hooker-fueled corruption case next week.

Lawyers for ex-Deputy Inspector James Grant served a subpoena on City Hall on Tuesday to force de Blasio to take the witness stand for the defense in Manhattan federal court.

Defense lawyer John Meringolo said de Blasio could help Grant by impugning the credibility of Jona Rechnitz, a former de Blasio donor who’s pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is set to serve as a key prosecution witness.

“[De Blasio] has publicly stated that Mr. Rechnitz is a felon and a liar, so who better than the mayor of New York City to attest to Mr. Rechnitz’ character?” he said.

Meringolo also insisted the move wasn’t a stunt, and vowed to fight any efforts by the city to quash the subpoena.

“It’s a lawful subpoena,” said Meringolo, who’s also a professor at Pace Law School in White Plains.

“[De Blasio] made these statements to the press, and he should make them to a jury.”

Last year, de Blasio blasted Rechnitz after Rechnitz testified at another corruption trial that he got access to the mayor by donating to his campaign, a non-profit the mayor set up and a 2013 effort to elect Democrats to the state Senate.

“Jona Rechnitz is a liar and a felon. It’s as simple as that,” de Blasio said during an October 2017 news conference in Brooklyn.

The mayor also called Rechnitz “just a horrible human being”

Grant is accused of performing official favors in exchange for gifts from Rechnitz and another former de Blasio donor, co-defendant Jeremy Reichberg,

The alleged payoffs include a group trip to Las Vegas on a private plan with a prostitute dressed as a flight attendant.

Jury selection is set for Monday.

In May, Grant subpoenaed testimony from about a dozen current and former NYPD cops, including Police Commissioner James O’Neill, and Meringolo said ex-Commissioner Bill Bratton was also served with a subpoena last week.

City lawyers have moved to quash those subpoenas, but a hearing on the matter hasn’t been set, Meringolo said.

In an email statement, de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said, “The Mayor wasn’t involved in the case and would have nothing to add but a needless sideshow.”

Earlier this year, a defense lawyer at the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano threatened to subpoena de Blasio to testify about his public denial that he took bribes from the government’s star witness in that case.

But lawyer Marc Agnifilo, who represented co-defendant and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, rested his case without calling de Blasio to the stand.

Venditto was acquitted, while Mangano and his wife Linda scored a hung jury. Their retrial is set for next year.

The NY Post Article click here.

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Letter to Redress Bond – A Platinum Idea – Mark Nordlicht and More

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THE PLATINUM PARTNER AND THE FEE FOR HIS FREEDOM – BUT WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS?

Mark Nordlicht has apparently written a letter to the court asking for a reduction in Bond. We cannot publish the letter here because it is available on the PACER site for a fee. We have provided the links since August 6th. You will likely need to pay a fee to view the documents.
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08/06/2018
Letter in Further Opposition to Defendant Mark Nordlicht’s Application to Travel as to Mark Nordlicht
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08/07/2018
Letter in Response to Government’s Opposition as to Mark Nordlicht
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08/08/2018
Letter by the government, dated August 8, 2018, requesting that the Court schedule a status conference regarding the defendant Mark Nordlicht’s bond and his travel to Israel as to Mark Nordlicht
08/09/2018
SCHEDULING ORDER as to Mark Nordlicht re 372 Letter. Status Conference set for 8/10/2018 at 9:45 AM in Courtroom 8D South. Ordered by Judge Brian M. Cogan on 8/9/2018. (Text entry; no document attached.)
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08/09/2018
Letter Request to Appear Telephonically at August 10th Status Hearing as to Mark Nordlicht
08/09/2018
ORDER as to Mark Nordlicht re 373 Letter requesting to appear by telephone. Application Granted. Defense counsel shall call chambers at 718-613-2230 at the scheduled time. Ordered by Judge Brian M. Cogan on 8/9/2018. (Text entry; no document attached.)
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08/09/2018
Letter Response to Government’s August 9th Request for Status Hearing as to Mark Nordlicht
08/10/2018
Minute Entry for Status Conference as to Mark Nordlicht held on 8/10/2018 before Judge Brian M. Cogan. AUSAs Lauren Elbert and Patrick Hein. Defense Counsel: Lisabeth Fryer and Ronald Sullivan by telephone. Counsel waives their client’s appearance for reasons stated on the record. (Court Reporter Sophie Nolan.) (Text entry; no document attached.)
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08/16/2018
Letter Notice of Hearing on Government’s Motion to Readdress Bond as to Mark Nordlicht
08/16/2018
SCHEDULING ORDER as to Mark Nordlicht re 378 Letter. Hearing on Government’s Motion to Readdress Bond set for 8/23/2018 at 4:30 PM in Courtroom 8D South. Ordered by Judge Brian M. Cogan on 8/16/2018. (Text entry; no document attached.)