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Defense in Trenton mayor case seeks wiretap limit

12-30-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A defense attorney in the corruption case against Trenton Mayor Tony Mack wants to have wiretap evidence excluded or limited.

In a federal court filing over the weekend, attorney Robert Haney claims the wiretaps featuring admitted felon Joseph Giorgianni are the equivalent of testimony since Giorgianni knew he was being recorded and tailored his conversations to try and gain leniency in a drug case.

Giorgianni, a sandwich shop owner from Ewing, pleaded guilty this month to two extortion counts and unrelated drug and weapons charges, weeks before a scheduled trial.

Giorgianni claimed to have handled bribes from government informants in a fake land-development deal in Trenton. He said he gave Mack about $8,000 in bribes he had received from the informants.

Mack has pleaded not guilty.