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Mangano, Venditto Corruption Trial Scheduled to Start

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jury selection begins Monday in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto with opening arguments scheduled to begin the next day.Mangano’s lawyer, Kevin Keating, told Judge Joan Azrack on Thursday that important materials regarding the case, including 7,000 pages of text messages, were only turned over the night before.“We don’t cry wolf too often,” said Keating, while explaining the defense may need more time to analyze trial exhibits for the upcoming case. Despite the late turnover of materials, Judge Azrack still plans to stick to the intended schedule.Judge Azrack went over reasons to excuse potential jurors. People can be excused for reasons such as personal bias, financial hardship, or lack of understanding the principles of the justice system. More than 130 people remain possible jury candidates for trial that is expected to run eight weeks.Mangano and Venditto are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Mangano’s wife, Linda, was charged with obstruction of justice.Mangano allegedly accepted bribes from restaurateur and friend, Harendra Singh, in order to secure kickbacks that included a no-show job for his wife. Venditto is accused of improperly backing loans on behalf of Singh, who was a town vendor. Singh has reportedly pleaded guilty and will testify at trial.Venditto resigned three months after he was charged. Mangano left office Dec. 31 after declining to seek a third term.last_img read more

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Richard Petty to make appearance at Talladega to offer support for Bubba Wallace

first_imgPetty’s reappearance is the latest in a show of support for Wallace from NASCAR drivers and other athletes in the sports world, including Jimmie Johnson and hoops superstar LeBron James.Petty, 82, will make his first appearance at a race since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of NASCAR and the greater sports world. NASCAR returned May 17.Earlier in June, Petty Motorsports made it clear it stood with Wallace amidst the Black Lives Matter movements and civil protests around the country.pic.twitter.com/upumtxDUbQ— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 4, 2020 Talladega Superspeedway will be home of the return of “The King” on Monday.Richard Petty will make his return to a NASCAR race on Monday in a show of support for Bubba Wallace, who drives the No. 43 car for Petty Motorsports. Statement from Richard Petty: pic.twitter.com/2vMyu7tAlc— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) June 22, 2020NEWS: NASCAR industry sources tell me Richard Petty will attend today’s race at Talladega, to stand in solidarity w @BubbaWallace.Petty, 82, has not attended a race since COVID-19 halt.Sources told me Petty commented: “The most impt thing for me right now is hugging my driver.”— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 22, 2020Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black driver, was the victim of an unjust racial act, when a noose was discovered in his garage at Talladega. The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office handed the case over to the FBI, which would handle any criminal investigation.Additional news on the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall Sunday:–Bubba Wallace did not see the noose.–Talladega County Sheriff said NASCAR reported the incident to the FBI, which would handle any criminal investigation. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 22, 2020MORE: NASCAR condemns “jackass” who flew Confederate flag over TalladegaNASCAR has moved progressively over the past few weeks, including the banning of the Confederate flag at all race venues and NASCAR events.last_img read more

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