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Convicted mayor wants new trial

Craig D. Frazier | 3/20/2014, 1:14 p.m.
Last week, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack asked a federal judge to throw out his guilty conviction
Corruption trial delayed again for embattled Trenton, N.J. Mayor Tony Mack

Last week, the former mayor of New Jersey’s capital city asked a federal judge to throw out his guilty conviction on six counts of corruption and grant him a new trial. A federal jury found Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his brother Raphiel guilty of participating in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government sting operation. Mack was convicted on Feb. 7.

On Feb. 26, Judge Mary Jacobson mandated the immediate removal of Mack. Mack had hoped to remain mayor until he was sentenced in May.

“Once you are found guilty by a jury of your peers, not only does the presumption of innocence disappear, but with it comes the stigma and the shadow ... of being found guilty by a jury of your peers of crimes of dishonesty,” Jacobson said in a statement. “The public has the right to expect the highest conduct from public officials.”

Mark Davis, the attorney who represented Mack in his federal corruption trial, submitted a 23-page brief to the court last Friday night. Davis claims government prosecutors presented misleading evidence to the jury, leading to his client’s conviction.

“The government’s flagrant and willful mischaracterization of the facts constitutes misconduct warranting a new trial,” Davis argued in his letter.

Davis said he believes that in Mack’s criminal case, there is a chance the federal court judge may put aside the guilty verdict in favor of a new trial.