Dominic CarterFeb 20, 2018, 11:11 pmFeb 21, 2018, 3:13 pm

Percoco Trial: Prosecution, defense battle over 'ziti'

Prosecutors allege that Joseph Percoco would use the word 'ziti' in e-mails to refer to alleged bribery money

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NEW YORK — The corruption trial of former-Andrew Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco continued on Tuesday with prosecutors and the defense battling over the term "ziti." Prosecutors allege that Percoco would use the word, which the government says stems from the TV show "The Sopranos," in emails to refer to alleged bribery money.

Saying that the jury is entitled to understand the criminal element of the word "ziti," prosecutors are attempting to show jurors a clip of "The Sopranos" where the meaning of "ziti" is explained, but Judge Caproni has barred prosecutors from such a move. Another option federal prosecutors put on the table was to have an FBI agent testify as to what "ziti" means in this case, which the defense strongly objected to, arguing that such a move would stereotype Italian-Americans.

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