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Accused Carpenters Union Bribees Face April 5 Trial Judge Crotty Agrees To Seal Document

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 31 –  Charged with demanding bribes to join the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Salvatore Tagliaferro and John DeFalco face trial before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Crotty - now on April 5.

On March 30, Judge Crotty ruled on various motions in limine: "OPINION & ORDER as to Salvatore Tagliaferro. The Court DENIES the Government's motion in limine to introduce the Defendant's 1997 conviction as impeachment evidence against the Defendant or any character witnesses, should they elect to testify at trial. The 1997 conviction is inadmissible for all purposes. The Court GRANTS the Government's motion in limine to introduce the two kickback schemes as subjects of cross-examination against character witnesses. The Court DENIES Tagliaferro's cross-motion to exclude evidence about the Contracting Kickback in the Government's case-in-chief. The Court DEFERS judgment on the Government's motion in limine to preclude or otherwise limit testimony regarding the Defendant's prior activities as a confidential informant."

Now on March 31, this: "SEALING ORDER as to Salvatore Tagliaferro. This order GRANTS the parties' request to file the following material under seal: the Government's supplemental motion in limine ("SML"), Tagliaferro's response (Def.'s Resp. dated Mar. 25, 2021), and the Government's reply (Gov't's Reply dated Mar. 28, 2021) (collectively, "the Briefing"), along with Tagliaferro's ex parte letter dated March 25, 2021 (the "Ex Parte Letter"). The Court has weighed the presumption of public access to these judicial documents against the risk that public disclosure would present a significant risk to (1) Tagliaferro's safety, (2) the safety of a potential defense witness, and (3) law enforcement efforts."

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This case is USA v. Tagliaferro, et al., 19-cr-472 (Crotty)


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