Inner City Press

In Other Media-eg New Statesman, AJE, FP, Georgia, NYTAzerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

Share |   

Follow on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis




(FP Twitterati 100, 2013)

ICP on YouTube

More: InnerCityPro
Sept 24, 2013

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book
Belt and Roadkill
(and paperback)

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

In DEA Corruption Case of Costanzo & Recio Expansion Mulled and Conflict Alleged by US

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 6 – On May 20 DOJ announced that "JOHN COSTANZO JR., a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, and MANUEL RECIO, a former DEA Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, were indicted in Manhattan federal court with conspiracy to bribe a public official, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, and honest services wire fraud, for a scheme in which RECIO funneled tens of thousands of dollars to COSTANZO in exchange for COSTANZO providing sensitive law enforcement information to RECIO to assist RECIO in recruiting clients for defense lawyers."  

Costanzo appeared the in the 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court that day and was released on $30,000 bond. His case was assigned to District Judge J. Paul Oekten, who held a conference in the case on June 6. Inner City Press attended and live tweeted:

Recio, it seems, needs a Curcio hearing of potential conflict of interest.

Judge Oetken: Any search warrant? AUSA: Yes. And a wire tap. AUSA: For Mr Costanzo there's an audio recording. [When will the Press and public get a copy?] 

Judge: Any superseder of additional defendants?

AUSA: It's on the table.

Mukasey: So are motions against the searches, under the 4th Amendment. 

Mukasey: We'll be asking for the earliest trial date possible. But not yet. Judge: Motions then a conference Nov 4 at 11 am, Speedy Trial Act excluded until then.   AUSA: Recio's lawyer may have a conflict - he's a potential witness.

Recio's lawyer worked for him in Miami, referred by a firm which paid Recio. But he says he didn't sit at counsel table.  AUSA: If there's a plea, the conflict would be moot. 

 US letter alleging conflict on Patreon here.

Later, this summary: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge J. Paul Oetken: Pretrial Conference as to John Costanzo, Jr., Manuel Recio held on 6/6/2022. Defendant John Costanzo present with attorneys Marc Mukasey and Torrey Young; Defendant Manuel Recio present with attorney Phillip Reizenstein; AUSA Sebastian Swett present; Court Reporter present. Initial conference held: Motions due by 9/9/2022 with responses by 10/7/2022 and replies by 10/21/2022. Next conference set for 11/4/2022 at 11:00am. Time is excluded to 11/4/2022. Bail continued."

The case is US v. Costanzo, 22-cr-281 (Oetken) 


@SDNYLIVE courthouse #CourtCastCast
                              200 Worth Street
Your support means a lot. As little as $5 a month helps keep us going and grants you access to exclusive bonus material on our Patreon page. Click here to become a patron.

Feedback: Editorial [at]
SDNY Press Room 480, front cubicle
500 Pearl Street, NY NY 10007 USA

Mail: Box 20047, Dag Hammarskjold Station NY NY 10017

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

 Copyright 2006-2022 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]