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NYPD briber Jeremy Reichberg appeals 4-year sentence, arguing Mayor de Blasio should have taken the stand


Added 12-02-19 06:25:03pm EST - “A notorious NYPD briber appealed his four-year sentence Monday, arguing he didn't get a fair trial because he wasn't allowed to call Mayor de Blasio as a witness.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYPD briber Jeremy Reichberg appeals 4-year sentence, arguing Mayor de Blasio should have taken the stand”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A notorious NYPD briber appealed his four-year sentence Monday, arguing he didn’t get a fair trial because he wasn’t allowed to call Mayor de Blasio as a witness.

Jeremy Reichberg was convicted of bribery and other charges last year in large part thanks to the testimony of his former friend and fellow police buff, Jona Rechnitz.

Rechnitz said on the stand he and Reichberg had bought special treatment from City Hall by donating over $100,000 to de Blasio’s favorite causes. The mayor publicly denied the claims, but Manhattan Federal Judge Gregory Woods denied a request from Reichberg’s attorneys to question de Blasio on the stand about Rechnitz’s explosive testimony.

“Because Rechnitz’s testimony about his alleged bribery of Mayor de Blasio had no probative value as to Reichberg’s conduct in relation to officers of the NYPD, the testimony... inflamed the jury,” Reichberg’s attorney, John Meringolo, wrote in papers filed in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Because the defense was unable to call de Blasio to testify, the defense could not erase the prejudice caused by Rechnitz’s speculative assertions. The notoriety of the alleged bribe recipient and the highly publicized nature of Rechnitz’s claims alone warranted enforcing the defense’s subpoena to de Blasio.”

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