NEW YORK Disgraced lawyerattorney Anthony Mangone will get some time in the sun before he’s sentenced on federal corruption and bribery charges.
Just when he will be sentenced remains undetermined — but his vacation is a done deal.
U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon on Tuesday granted Mangone, 39, permission to travel to Palm Beach, Fla., the day after Christmas for a five-day stay.
“The purpose of the trip is to visit family living in the Palm Beach County area,” Mangone’s lawyerattorney, James DeVita, wrote in a letter to McMahon. The judge promptly approved the request.
Mangone was indicted in January 2010 with former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and onetime city GOP boss Zehy Jereis, but later pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
His sentencing date has not been set.
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Scratch Friday’s scheduled court appearance for one of the four Newburgh men charged with attempting to blow up Bronx synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Air Base.
White Plains lawyer Theodore Green had requested the hearing for his client David Williams to determine if officials at the Westchester County Jail were restricting Williams from properly assisting in his defense by holding him in 23-hour lockdown away from the general population.
But Green filed a letter to U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that said he had met with the warden and the situation has been straightened out. Williams has been moved back into general population and has the same law library access as two of his co-defendants (Onta Williams and James Cromitie) who are also being held at the jail in Valhalla. The fourth defendant in the case, Laguerre Payen, is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
The next court appearance for the four accused men will be April 30.
As Judge Kenneth Karas stood behind the bench in his crowded courtroom this morning, waiting for the jury to enter, he gauged the temperature in the room.
“Is it warm in here?” he asked.
One courtroom observer, sitting in the third row, answered immediately.
“Always,” she said.
She should know. The expert on the climate in Courtroom 521 was Judge Colleen McMahon. That was her courtroom for nine years before she transferred down to Manhattan, where she currently is stationed. McMahon was back in White Plains today because she’s handling some criminal cases to ease the burden on judges Karas and Robinson. The third full-time district judge in the building, Cathy Seibel, still can’t take on a full criminal case load because many of the cases being indicted are the result of investigations that began while she was a top lieutenant of then U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia.