A former defendant in a hate crime trial claims the prosecutor should have recused himself from trying the case because of a lack of objectivity. Legal experts say the connection is not enough to warrant a conflict of interest, however.
The Stamford prosecutor in the cab assault/hate crime case appears to have withheld evidence from the defense as he sought a plea deal with the defendant, opening new questions about how justice was served and what actions the defendant could take after the case was dismissed last year.
In another move to end the case against a Morgan Stanley banker charged with stiffing and stabbing a Queens, N.Y., cab driver, Bridgeport lawyer Gene Riccio has filed a supplemental motion to dismiss the case based on “false statements and material omissions” filed by Darien Police in the arrest warrant.
It’s a case of one man’s word against another’s. One, a Queens cab driver of Egyptian descent, faces another, a white Morgan Stanley banker from Darien, in a court battle over a ride that ended in a haze of competing facts, allegations and a bloodied hand.
A Knollwood Lane man faces charges of assault, larceny and racially-charged intimidation after a December cab ride from Manhattan to Darien went awry. But, according to the man’s lawyer, he was abducted by the driver.