Investigation
investigation DiPietro Wrongful Conviction
Audio RecordingsMultiple Audio Recordings

In 2010, DiPietro's legal team obtained multiple audio recordings of the alleged victim John Perazzo. These recordings yielded further evidence supporting Angelo DiPietro's innocence claim, and proved that the prosecution’s main witness, Maurizio Sanginiti, had committed perjury in order to gain DiPietro’s conviction.

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Audio RecordingsSurveillance Tapes

An interview with the alleged victim, John Perazzo, revealed that Federal prosecutors lied at trial in order to conceal surveillance tapes that purportedly captured the events pertinent to DiPietro’s conviction. For the past eight years, prosecutors have deceived the Court into believing that the tapes seized from Perazzo's residence in 2001 were solely pornographic in nature, and not relevant to DiPietro's innocence.

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Hidden Case Files - John Perazzo
Phone RecordsPhone records of June 29, 2001

Phone records of June 29, 2001 001Investigator Bill Clutter unleashed a devastating report detailing the phone records of June 29, 2001. Based upon records provided by Cingular Wireless Inc., Clutter's reports revealed that prosecution witness Maurizio Sanginiti's trial testimony relating to the events of that evening was not only false, but improbable. Specifically, the telephone records reflected multiple phone calls between Sanginiti and Frank Taddeo, who prosecutors claimed to have been the getaway driver of a van used to allegedly kidnap John Perazzo.

The records indicate that Sanginiti could not have been sitting next to Taddeo in a white van, because there were multiple telephone conversations between them at the exact time the kidnaping was puportedly occuring.

Witness AccountsWitness Reactions
"I could not go on with my life knowing that innocent men are sitting in prison for a crime that never even happened. Of course, I am in fear of the government. Just look what at what they did here — Angelo has been handed a death sentence for a crime that never even took place."
-Richard Wieland
(Eyewitness to the alleged kidnapping of John Perazzo)
"Those entrusted with such high powers have violated everything that I once believed in. They have knowingly ruined families, slandered reputations and condemned an innocent man to die in prison."
-Frank Taddeo
(Eyewitness to the alleged kidnapping of John Perazzo)
"I had never met nor spoken to Angelo DiPietro. He was not involved in the Eastchester Robbery. He is an innocent man."
-Ded Nicaj
(Participant in the Eastchester Robbery)
"Angelo did not initiate any discussions at the Raceway Diner regarding a robbery in Eastchester. The witnesses against him simply lied in order to get out of jail."
-Bashkim Mustafaj
(Material witness)
"They told me that they laid everything on an Italian named Angelo. They lied about him, and placed him in crimes that they committed in order to protect other people."
-Marty Vuksanaj
(Material witness)
Witness AccountsJailhouse Confessions

In 2009, DiPietro's defense team uncovered devastating "jailhouse letters" written by government witnesses in support of his innocence. In one written letter, it is noted that a key government witness had confessed that another individual—not Angelo DiPietro—was the mastermind behind the Eastchester Robbery for which DiPietro was wrongfully convicted in 2005. Federal prosecutors failed to turn over these letters despite their obligation to do so, and have now claimed that the letters were works of confusion on behalf of their informants. Unbeknownst to these prosecutors, however, is the fact that DiPietro’s legal team has also audibly captured the individuals discussing confessions made by the government’s key witnesses as early as 2001.

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Prosecutorial Misconduct
Conviction Team

An independent review of the record in the DiPietro case has also revealed unsettling conduct on behalf of federal prosecutors. At DiPietro’s trial, there were numerous instances of unethical behavior committed by government officials. For example, prosecutors, among other things, misled the parties into believing that the alleged victim John Perazzo had no cooperation agreement with the government, that Frank Taddeo had corroborated certain aspects of Sangniti’s story, that Maurizio Sanginiti would receive no credit for cooperating with State Officials, that the phone records of June 29, 2001 were consistent with Maurizio Sanginiti’s false testimony, and that the government had not spoken to Richard Wieland—claiming him to be Rick Whalen.

Similarly, prosecutors, such as Timothy J. Treanor, deployed other unprofessional courtroom antics, such as telling DiPietro’s trial counsel, Joseph A. Bondy, to go fuck himself in open court, and smirking at the parties when eliciting testimony from government snitches. Similarly disturbing, prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers recently claimed to have caught a convenient case of memory loss, as she wrote to Federal Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman that the government could not “recall” whether they took notes during the interviews of critical witnesses that could have helped prove DiPietro’s innocence. In the past, AUSA Rodgers had been cited by a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Charles S. Sims, as making skeptical claims when litigating. In a New York Times interview, Mr. Sims spoke about one of Ms. Rodgers’ letters to a federal judge claiming—“virtually every factoid in that presentation is entirely false.”

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