Judge Orders New Trial After AUSAs 'Deliberately Misled' Him

By Hailey Konnath (July 16, 2021, 11:53 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge said Friday he would be ordering a new trial — with a new prosecution team — for a trio of men found guilty of swiping millions of dollars from elderly people in a sweepstakes scheme, saying during a hearing that the original prosecutors "deliberately misled this court."

Prosecutors with the Southern District of Florida lied to the court about sending a cooperating witness into defense strategy meetings in 2016, U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles said during the hearing, and knowingly using the confidential information in their prosecution. The Florida men — Matthew Pisoni, 46; Marcus Pradel, 42; and...

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