Jury selected in Trenton Mayor Tony Mack's trial

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January 6, 2014 3:40:58 PM PST
Mayor Tony Mack was first arrested and charged in this bribery scheme back in September of 2012. There have been a number of delays since, but now that a jury has been selected this corruption trial is finally under way.

When asked by Action News if he will testify, Mack responded, "We'll let the trial play out."

Mack then asked how Action News reporter Nora Muchanic was doing.

Nora replied she was doing fine, she then asked him the same question.

"I'm doing well. Not too bad," Mack said.

Mack is facing fraud, bribery and extortion charges after a two year FBI sting caught him in a scheme where he allegedly agreed to use his influence to help a developer build a parking garage in the city.

Mack's brother Ralphiel is accused of being one of several bagmen in on the scheme.

Two of the Mack brothers' co-defendants have already pleaded guilty: local sandwich shop owner and convicted sex offender Joseph "JoJo" Giorgianni and former city employee Charles Hall have admitted to accepting bribe money intended for Mayor Mack.

"JoJo's pleaded guilty. How does that influence your trial, how does that effect what you do?" Nora asked.

"We'll let the trial take its course and we'll go from there," Mack said.

With recordings from FBI wiretaps, some of the evidence that will be presented by the government against Mayor Mack sounds like something out of a mob movie where cash payoffs are referred to as "Uncle Remus" and alleged participants went by code names. Mayor Mack was called Napoleon, among other things, and Giorgianni, who once weighed over 500 pounds, was known as the Fat Man.

Once testimony gets under way the trial could take a month. It's still unclear if Mayor Mack will testify in his own defense and he's not saying.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Trenton.


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