Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is seeking an indictment of former US President Donald Trump.
Now, the controversial prosecutor is accused of hiding hundreds of pages of evidence from a New York grand jury.
That evidence, the attorney who provided it to Bragg said, would exonerate Trump of some or all charges the ethics-challenged, but politically savvy prosecutor contemplated.
If true, Bragg’s conduct amounts to prosecutorial misconduct.
Attorney Costello, who was formerly a Trump legal advisor, was called into the Grand Jury room. He fully expected to tell the truth and the whole truth about the totality of the documents he provided to the ambitious, if mendacious Bragg.
He found Bragg had only introduced six pages out of hundreds of documents Costello handed over.
While the six pages standing in a vacuum tends to suggest the opportunistic Bragg’s theories of crimes might hold up in a Trump trial if Bragg got an imbecile jury, the other 394 pages provided context for the six and tend to show Trump’s efforts were legitimate.
In short, the all-brag-and-no-fact Bragg was looking to mislead the jury.
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett wrote, “When Bob Costello got into that Grand Jury room and told them, ‘Wait a minute. You don’t have the hundreds of pages I handed over to Alvin Bragg over here? You only have six cherry-picked documents?’ You know, hiding from grand juries exculpatory information is reprehensible and unconscionable.”
New York State law imposes a duty of “fair dealing” on prosecutors.
Great powers are bestowed upon a District Attorney, “requiring the exercise of completely impartial judgment and discretion.”
Luthmann Claims 2018 Prosecution was “Blueprint” for “Crooked Prosecutors”
New York has long been home to politically-motivated prosecutions by crooked prosecutors.
Ask John Kennedy O’Hara, who Brooklyn DA Joe Hines’ political opponent. He lost his law license and was tagged a felon, until he was vindicated 25 years later.
Luthmann says what Trump is seeing from Bragg is what Staten Island Special Prosecutor Eric Nelson did in a 2018 Staten Island grand jury to “Get Richard Luthmann.”
“I believe my 2018 case was a blueprint for the current ‘Get Trump’ witch-hunt,” Luthmann said. He continued, “Both cases have all the marking of political hit-jobs. Both have witnesses with zero credibility who are clearly lying. And in both cases, the crooked prosecutors appear to commit crimes to secure an indictment against the most unpopular person in town.”
“Prosecutor Eric Nelson is no different from Alvin Bragg,” Luthmann says.
On August 25, 2017, Spectrum NY1 News broke the story that Luthmann was behind several “Fake Facebook” pages used to lampoon Staten Island political candidates during their election bids.
Luthmann was later indicted in 2018 on a 17-count indictment, including multiple felony charges of Falsification of Business Records and Identity Theft. He also faced charges of criminal impersonation, election law violations, stalking, and falsely reporting an incident to the NYPD.
Sources say “Falsification of Business Records” is a charge prosecutors are now seeking against Trump.
Luthmann served four years of prison time for these and unrelated charges. He is now seeking to have his case thrown out because he alleges Special Prosecutor Nelson committed crimes in securing the indictment, including subornation of perjury of sitting NYS Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castorina, Jr.
Luthmann’s case was recently “punted” from Staten Island, and is now in the hands of Brooklyn Judge Donald Leo, set for an April 4 conference.
Luthmann is also suing Justice Castorina for unpaid fees related to the “Fake Facebook” in Albany Supreme Court.
Trump Prosecutors Are Committing Prosecutorial Misconduct
The New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s Highest Court, defined the bounds of proper prosecutorial conduct before a Grand Jury in the case of People v. Huston:
Our State Constitution guarantees that “[n]o person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime … unless on indictment of a grand jury” (NY Const, art I, § 6; see also, CPL art 190). By acting as a “buffer between the State and its citizens,” the Grand Jury shields against prosecutorial excesses and protects individuals from unfounded prosecutions.
In a Grand Jury presentation, when prosecutors withhold exonerating evidence or only tell one side of the story when they know the other side would clear the target, they have violated the law, and any indictment is fatally defective.
In New York, a prosecutor’s discretion during Grand Jury proceedings is not absolute. As legal advisor to the Grand Jury, the prosecutor performs dual functions: that of public officer and that of advocate. The prosecutor is thus “charged with the duty not only to secure indictments but also to see that justice is done.”
With great power comes responsibility, including “the prosecutor’s duty of fair dealing.”
“Bragg’s bent Prosecutors are not honest brokers when they show the Grand Jury only six out of hundreds of pages. If you promised somebody you would do a hundred, and you only did six, they would throw you in jail for fraud. And that is where these crooked prosecutors belong,” Luthmann said.
Echoes of Luthmann’s “Show Trial” Staten Island Grand Jury Proceeding
“Political prosecutions are nothing but ‘show trials’ against people feared by the Establishment. I faced one beginning in 2018, and the Staten Island ‘Swamp’ lied, cheated, and committed felonies in order to tag me a felon,” Luthmann says.
Trump says Alvin Bragg is no different than Richmond County Special District Attorney Eric Nelson, the Incompetent Appointed Special Prosecutor in his case who cavorted with known felons and disbarred lawyers and knowingly suborned perjury to indict Luthmann.
Luthmann’s case has still not been thrown out, even though Luthmann produced a “smoking gun” email showing Nelson conspired to commit the felony of unauthorized practice of law with felon and disbarred attorney Perry Reich to “Get Luthmann” and did so as the so-called representative of the “People” of the state of New York:
Not even Staten Island District Attorney and Nancy Pelosi loyalist Michael E. McMahon would allow his prosecutors to overtly commit crimes in order to obtain indictments, even though the Luthmann prosecution is McMahon’s vendetta and vanity case, with the cost to NYC Taxpayers of over $700,000 according to records obtained from the NYC Comptroller – and the meter is still running. Luthmann claims Nelson and McMahon have “bilked” New York City Taxpayers.
How is it “fair dealing” when Nelson is engaging disbarred attorneys and convicted felons in order to secure a crooked indictment?
Subornation of Perjury and Perjurers
Attorney Robert Costello was called as a witness in Trump’s New York grand jury investigation into an alleged payment to adult actress Stormy Daniels. Costello claimed that testimony from the former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is “far from solid evidence.”
Costello told reporters following his testimony that Cohen is “totally unreliable” in the probe against Trump. He added that the disgraced lawyer is “a convicted perjurer.”
Trump attorney Joe Tacopina said Michael Cohen had the credibility of a “pipe cleaner.”
Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz also added his perspective on Sean Hannity’s show:
“I think that Bob Costello has changed this case dramatically. I think that Bragg right now only has two possible results from that. Number one, he can say, alright, ‘I’m going to try to make the case without Cohen.’ He cannot use Cohen as a witness anymore.”
“That would be unethical because of the testimony that Costello gave,” he went on. “Or he could say, ‘Look, I have to drop the case.’ He may not be able to make it without Cohen. But if he can’t make it without Cohen, he can’t make it, because no ethical prosecutor is allowed to put on as a witness, somebody who has told the lies and has contradicted himself so much.”
“So I think that Bob Costello — it’s a game changer,” he added. “I think maybe that’s a reason for the delay here. I think ethical experts are now telling Bragg, wait a minute, you cannot use Cohen. So if you can make it through Pecker, if you can make it through some of the other people, okay, go ahead. But if you can’t make it without Cohen, you cannot bring this charge.”
Luthmann says this is textbook in a New York politically-motivated takedown. “The prosecutors in President Trump’s case are doing the same thing they did in my case. They are knowingly presenting false and unreliable testimony of totally discredited witnesses,” Luthmann said.
Luthmann claims Prosecutor Nelson went a step further in his case, actually knowingly suborning the perjury of then NYS Assemblyman and current Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castorina, Jr.
“All this ground is being covered by Investigative Journalist Frank Paralto in his series on sitting Judge Castorina’s perjury. Nelson knew what he was doing. He read the Facebook Messages between me and Castorina. He knew what Castorina said and did but only read the Grand Jury one side of the conversation and had the sitting Assemblyman swear to it,” Luthmann said.
Castorina’s crooked grand jury testimony was calculated to persuade jurors that Luthmann acted alone, was solely guilty, and Castorina was neither an accomplice nor co-conspirator. Castorina was both, and his testimony made him a perjurer to boot.
On February 7, 2023, Frank Parlato reported NYS Attorney General Letitia James’ Office has been aware of the perjury of a sitting Justice Castorina, and “emails have circulated among numerous officials at that office.” Last November, Luthmann filed a complaint with the NY AG’s Public Integrity Bureau.
Whether it will lead to an investigation, an indictment for perjury, or the removal of Judge Castorina from the bench, possibly without his law license, is hard to know. Luthmann believes Castorina’s prosecution is exactly what Tish James needs politically.
“I think Tish James needs to take out Justice Castorina to show the world and her own office that they are not Political Hacks. And he’s an easy target as a crooked Republican Judge and former Assemblyman and County Leader. Media reports say Alvin Bragg’s office already has massive dissension in the ranks,” Luthmann said.
Luthmann: “Read the Grand Jury Testimony”
Luthmann implores anyone that will listen to read Castorina’s Grand Jury Testimony and compare it side-by-side to his Facebook Messages.
“Frank Paralto is laying the truth bare in his reporting. He shows that Ronald Castorina is a perjurer and Eric Nelson is a corrupt prosecutor. Nelson even went so far as to tell a grand juror who asked about the First Amendment, ‘I’m not giving a course on free speech.’ Well, that’s the job of a prosecutor when a grand juror asks. Nelson didn’t do his job. How this case hasn’t been thrown out yet, I’ll never know,” Luthmann said.
Luthmann believes Castorina and Nelson’s misconduct in the Grand Jury rendered his Indictment fatally defective. He says the same thing about Alvin Bragg’s current “witch hunt” of Donald Trump.
Luthmann believes the Trump Grand Jury is delayed for just this reason, that Bragg and his cabal are trying to get around Michael Cohen’s knowingly false and unreliable testimony, which would be devastating to any Indictment.
Fortunately, in New York State, Grand Jury minutes are transcribed and made available in criminal cases. Luthmann believes that if Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg fails to follow the law and presses a legally defective Indictment, Trump’s Attorney, Joe Tacopina, will make short work of the case.
Luthmann, now out of prison, disabled, and indigent, has his own challenges.
“Trump has plenty of money and the best lawyers. He’ll be fine. For me, it’s five years later, and I’m broke. I have the evidence the Fake Facebook case should be thrown out, but I’ve been waiting for years. I’m getting the amount of justice I can afford.”
“Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as John Kennedy O’Hara, and I won’t have to wait for a quarter-century or for McMahon’s retirement for vindication. Trump’s case is just another in a long line of Crooked New York Politically-Based Prosecutions.”
Dick LaFontaine chases gripping, thorny, and precarious stories around the world as a correspondent for the Frank Report.
Frank never said Scott appeared on Wheel of Fortune with his wife…
Love the feature photo!
Luthmann has a bigger ego and less to show for it than Scott Johnson…..
At least I’m interesting.
RE Trump & Luthmann Only Similarity:
Luthmann’s ego eclipses the sun. So yeah, I guess in that way Luthmann is like Trump.
Mr. LaFontaine is a good solid writer. It’s sad that his talent is wasted on these crappy topics.
Maybe if LAFontaine worked for a “real” editor his talents wouldn’t be wasted on fucktard bullshit.
Hey Frankie your still the editor?
Thanks for the vote of confidence. In my mind, my beautiful mind, I am YUGE.
Parlato is still the editor, and a true Renaissance man. One of the greats.
Dick Lafontaine is a frog, but we can love the frogs right now because the Irish won the Grand Slam.
And you. You’re just special. Now that I’m a Southerner, I’ll just say – Bless Your Heart.
Everybody knows the “bless your heart” secret southern double entendre.
I’m glad you’ve adopted the culture.
To you I will say “kiss my grits”.
“Kiss my grits Mel!”
“Dick Lafontaine is a frog”
It’s a good thing you apparently don’t have children or you would lose custody for that “frog” ethnic slur per the criteria of Karen Riordan’s low-IQ flying monkeys.
There are a lot of opinions being tossed about in these comments, so I have decided to try to answer them, based solely on the Law in NY State.
1) The accusation that Bragg withheld exculpatory evidence. That comes from Mr. Costello, a very respected attorney, who has vast experience as both a Prosecuting and a Defense Lawyer. After he testified, he publicly stated that he submitted hundreds of pages of evidence to Mr. Bragg, but Mr. Bragg only “Cherry Picked” 6 of those pages to show the Grand Jury, and that the withheld pages contained vast amounts of Exculpatory Evidence.
As any first-year law student would know. The first job of a Prosecutor is the presentation of truthful evidence to a Grand Jury, and in that are Mandated by NY State law to present any and all Exculpatory Evidence and possible defenses eliminating “needless prosecutions.” Mr. Costello seems be very adamant that Mr. Bragg violated both his office and the Law. I would not be surprised if referrals have already been made to both the Grievance Committee and the NY Attorney General.
2) How it relates to the Luthmann case. Anyone who can read above a Third Grade level can clearly see that Prosecutor Nelson engaged in the same type of underhanded, and Illegal behavior, that Mr. Bragg is being accused of. If one actually reads the Grand Jury transcript and compares that to the actual Facebook Messages between Luthmann and Castorina, two Facts become quite obvious quite obvious A) Nelson only presented one side of those Messenger Conversations to the Grand Jury, and that when those conversations are read in their entirety, they paint a completely different picture. Which tells me Mr. Nelson should be indicted on multiple Felonies based on his willful and intentional lying to the Grand Jury and aiding Judge Castorina to lie in his testimony.
B) Then Assemblyman, now Supreme Court Justice, Castorina lied through his teeth during his testimony about those conversation, and Mr Nelson actively participated in that Perjury. Which once again, tells me that Judge Castoria should be subject to criminal charges.
Now add in Nelson’s obvious dependence on a disbarred attorney – Perry Reich – for legal advice, his refusal to explain the law to a grand juror, when the juror asked about it, and his submission to he court of a blatant lie in his response to Luthmann accusation. I can’t understand why this case hasn’t been dismissed already.
On a Side note, I have known Mr. Luthmann’s attorney’s in this case for many years, and I fail to understand how Arthur Aidala and Mario Romano missed these obvious outright crimes and misdeeds by Nelson in his prosecution of this case. I really would hate to think that Luthmann didn’t do all that time in prison, because Artie and Mario failed to read the evidence they received in the disclosure.
Several big issues are in the background.
First, Mario and Arthur weren’t my first lawyers on that case.
Second, when they came on I was already in Federal custody. That’s the only reason why Nelson and McMahon tried this. They thought it was a freebie.
Third, the vast majority or what happened did so under Covid-19 protocols. As a New York State defendant in federal custody, those protocols rendered many facets of my daily life below New York State minimum constitutional standards, including the right and access to counsel. Mario and Arthur regularly drive out to Riverhead or Sing Sing if they need to see someone. They are frequently at Rikers. Because of Covid, I never saw them. They were representing me with one hand tied behind their backs and standing on one foot.
Fourth, I only appeared in New York State court once – my arraignment in 2018. Nelson was obligated to bring me back to New York while the charges were pending under the NY Criminal Procedure Law and its codification of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act. He never did, violating that law and my speedy trial rights, ensuring I could not have meaningful access to counsel or New York legal books, and fundamentally injecting the entire process with incurable error.
I don’t blame Arthur Aidala or Mario Romano. What could they do? I blame Eric Nelson and Mike McMahon. In my mind, they tried to use their bullshit case, my federal detainer, and Covid-19 to kill me. If there is no state case, I would have been at a Club Fed prison camp and on house arrest by March 2020. Every day I sat in jail thinking about them. Now, I am going to pay them back tenfold – LEGALLY. I’ve been patient with the NYS Supreme Court, but there are plenty of alternative and additional forums for relief.
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Can Bragg and Nelson be prosecuted if it turns out the hid exculpatory evidence from GJ?
I hope so.
Nelson not only hid exculpatory evidence, knowingly presented false evidence, and was derelict in his duty to advise the Grand Jury about the First Amendment when they asked, he conspired with a disbarred attorney to engage in the unauthorized practice of law, a felony. Then, he lied to the court about it:
Call him up and ask him why he did it and why he’s billed NYC Taxpayers @$1 million in the process:
Address: 54 Florence St, Staten Island, NY 10308, United States
Phone: 1 718 356 0566
The public has a right to know!
No cos it’s all BS
All these poor men and their witch hunts. Ok 🙄. I have a remedy, just behave. Next.
Unfortunately, the Government doesn’t behave. They behave very poorly. And that starts us down the road to tyranny. We are in the express lane.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Now, the controversial prosecutor is accused of hiding hundreds of pages of evidence from a New York grand jury.”
Why is Bragg controversial? It’s not explained in this story.
Who is accusing him of hiding documents? It’s unclear.
Proof of this accusation? Absent.
Then it says “if true, it’s prosecutorial misconduct”.
So, this story is based on nothing but a rumor? Could also be not true?
I think it’s safe to say Bragg knows this is a case everybody is watching closely and he will be very careful playing it by the rules.
Then there’s a quote from Dershowitz. Didn’t he recently spoken out for Raniere? For a lot of Bronfman’s money, no doubt. He lost all credibility long ago.
Then Trump’s looming indictment is compared with Luthman’s case. As if it isn’t complex enough already.
This post is all over the place. Not impressed.
If you don’t think indicting a former US President isn’t controversial, then there is little hope for you.
Your said Bragg was controversial. Not the indictment in itself, which I agree is controversial.
Trump has been breaking the law all his life. Now he will be held accountable, in multiple cases. It’s long overdue.
So are we going to indict, convict, and imprison people because it “feels” right? And are we going to allow prosecutors to commit serious crimes to do it?
No, Richard, we do it because it is the RIGHT thing to do. “No one’s above the law” -Merrick Garland.
Gotta concur with StephenJ – this shit’s all over the place like diarrhea in a pressure washer
I hope you win Richard. It would be nice to see a good guy win.
Sorry Peaches who’s the good guy?