October 16, 2012 1:27 pm
The corruption trial of former Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini was postponed again on Monday, moments before potential jurors were supposed to be called in to sit on the case.
Capellini, 62, is charged with one count of unlawful compensation for allegedly voting on a city project for which he also worked as a paid engineering consultant.
Defense lawyer David Bogenschutz filed a new motion before Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Rebollo, arguing that the case should be dismissed because it represents selective prosecution by the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors declined to go after similar allegations against two other politicians, Bogenschutz argued.
Prosecutors have until Friday to respond to the defense’s motion, after which Bogenschutz has until Oct. 26 to reply. A hearing on the evidence may follow.
The trial has been pushed back, tentatively, until Dec. 10.
Selective as in, Al is a crook.
Your Honor, but really, there are other folks who’ve stolen, pillaged, and plundered. My client is just another fat old guy trying to make ends meet (albeit as I travel the world).
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