Vincent Asaro’s attorney pushes for speedy trial, says he’s ‘completely disoriented’ behind bars
Vincent Asaro on Nov. 13, 2015, the day after being acquitted for the mob’s Lufthansa heist.
A longtime wise guy pushed for a speedy trial, saying jail is taking a toll on his health while he awaits justice.
It’s been less than two months since the feds wrangled 82-year-old Bonanno crime family capo Vincent Asaro and six others — including the grandson of the late Teflon Don John Gotti — in a sprawling case involving arson, armed robbery and other crimes.
Authorities threw the senior citizen in a special unit at the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he’s been on 24-hour lockdown, allowed only to see his lawyer and family.
Asaro’s accused of ordering the arson of a car that cut into his lane at a Howard Beach, Queens traffic light.
In 2015, he beat the case against him on the notorious 1978 Luftansa heist.
Elizabeth Macedonio said her client wasn’t getting the treatment, food and exercise he needs to survive on the inside at the Sunset Park complex.
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On Monday, Asaro’s lawyer said his client has been suffering from high blood pressure and dehydration and is "completely disoriented" behind bars.
He fell in the shower two weeks ago and needed to be hospitalized for a few days, Elizabeth Macedonio told Brooklyn Federal Judge Allyne Ross. Macedonio said her client wasn’t getting the treatment, food and exercise he needs to survive on the inside at the Sunset Park complex.
There was "some indication" prison authorities would be moving Asaro to the general population as soon as Monday, but still, Macedonio said she’d be acting fast to try bailing out Asaro.
The sides scheduled an Aug. 21 trial, which will mark about five months since the indictment was filed.
An evidence photo from the racketeering trial of 80-year-old Vincent Asaro.
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That puts the case on track to reach a resolution much quicker timeframe than most in Brooklyn federal court.
Nationwide court statistics show that in Brooklyn federal court, the median time between when a criminal case gets filed and there’s some sort of resolution is just over two years.
Most of the discovery in the case has already been turned over to the defense, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri said.
Outside court, Macedonio said Asaro’s health is a big factor in her push for a speedy trial.
"I have an 82-year-old client. There’s no reason for delay. The government brought these charges and now it’s their job to prove them," said Macedonio, who also wants Asaro to be tried separately from the other defendants.