Michael Vecchione, the former Brooklyn DA head of the Rackets Division, in telling people he will represent Dino Amoroso. Amoroso is being investigated by the US DOJ and the NYS Attorney General on charges of spending DA funds on Charles Hynes’ election campaign.
Amoroso was backbenching the DA response to the Jabbar Collins lawsuit for wrongful conviction for murder. The lawsuit claims that Vecchione withheld Brady material and violated Collins’ rights in other ways. Vecchione and Amoroso are also alleged to have participated in a scheme to exaggerate Costs of Prosecution (COPS) in money laundering cases to earn the DA monies and in return gave sweetheart deals by not reporting or prosecuting the associated tax fraud.
Amoroso also violated the ethical rule of not doing private work for your boss when he worked for Hynes and also served as his Power of Attorney in private real estate transactions
When Vecchione was attacked during the campaign, Hynes doubled down and described him as a “very, very ethical” prosecutor. I suspect Amoroso would be using Vecchione precisely because he knows how not to be ethical but yet avoid legal consequences. When Vecchione was deposed in the Collins lawsuit he said “I don’t remember,” or words to that effect to almost 400 questions. It was clear he was lying but it is hard to convict someone for perjury when you have to prove they remember something.
As the Hynes era was winding down, and it was clear that Thompson would not keep him on, I offered Vecchione some career advice. I thought I was pretty creative but I never thought of him defending the other culprits in the Hynes cabal. But, if he can pull it off, he should have plenty of clients and cases that will go on for quite a while. Before this is over, the defense table in a Federal courtroom might be the site of a DA staff reunion.