Attorney For Bonanno Consiglieri Moves for Dismissal of Indictment Against 10, Including Genovese, Luchese Mobsters

Alleged Bonanno capo/consiglieri John (Porky) Zancocchio's lawyer claims that the racketeering indictment against Porky and nine other alleged wiseguys should be dismissed because Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Jason Swergold did an extraordinary favor for turncoat Bonanno ­captain Peter Lovaglio.

John (Porky) Zancocchio
Porky stuffed his face after judge let him out of jail in order to eat healthier.

The prosecutor, the lawyer claimed in the filing, handed the turncoat copies of government wiretaps to bolster his $5 million lawsuit against the NYPD.

Furthermore, the material also could serve as a “cheat sheet” for when he testifies against high-ranking Bonanno wiseguys, as per "blockbuster federal court filing claims," noted by the New York Post.

About a year ago, Zancocchio and alleged Bonanno acting boss Joseph "Joe C" Cammarano Jr. were among 10 reputed mobsters indicted by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving murder, extortion and drug dealing. Also charged were Simone Esposito, alleged consiglieri, and capos Joseph (Joe Valet) Sabella and George (Grumpy) Tropiano.

The racketeering conspiracy involved a wide range of crimes, including extortion, loansharking, wire and mail fraud, narcotics distribution, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Also ensnared were Genovese wiseguy Ernest Montevecchi and Luchese mobster Eugene Castelle. 

Zancocchio was hung on a peg by The Post last year for eating a dirty-water dog immediately after a judge decided to let him out of jail because of how bad the jailhouse chow was.

His lawyer, John Meringolo, also  claims that Swergold admitted in a Jan. 3 email to giving Lovaglio a disk with "all the phone calls and texts" between him and his former NYPD handler, Detective Joshua Vanderpool.

Lovaglio quotes from those same recordings in a civil-rights lawsuit against the NYPD and Vanderpool -- which was tossed out of court last year, according to the Post.

Zancocchio also alleges that Swergold gave Lovaglio other recordings that were “successfully used to impeach” Lovaglio when he testified at last year's trial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino. That trial ended in a mistrial, and Merlino copped out before a proposed retrial. Last October, he was sentenced to two years -- the stiffest possible penalty for Merlino, who plead guilty to a single count instead of facing a retrial on a litany of charges.

Having the recordings will let Lovaglio “tailor his testimony” against Zancocchio and his co-defendants, and “critically annihilated any chance [they] had at a fair trial by providing the main cooperating witness with what is essentially his own ‘cheat sheet’ for cross examination."

In a Monday night court filing, the feds called the allegations “frivolous” and said the recordings were given to Lovaglio pursuant to US Justice Department regulations.

Prosecutors also accused the defense of mounting “a strategy to publicly tarnish the reputation of [Swergold]” and pointed to a June order in which the judge expressed “faith in [his] honesty and integrity.”




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