From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
City Democratic Party Chairman Mario Testa and his bartender and hand-picked candidate for city council are refusing to testify at a court hearing Friday on allegations of mishandling of absentee ballots during the recent special primary election without first consulting with their own lawyers.
“(I) have spoken to Democratic Chairman Mario Testa and city council candidate Michael DeFilippo regarding the court’s intention to compel their testimony … each individual has indicated his desire to consult with or retain counsel regarding his procedural and substantive rights in this matter. Neither individual consents to appear before the court absent opportunity to consult counsel,” Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon states in a motion filed in Superior Court Wednesday.
One month after he declared victory when a Superior Court judge granted a new primary for the city’s North End council seat because of a mysterious absentee ballot that showed up during a recount, candidate Robert Keeley will be back in court Friday morning seeking another do-over.
Full story here.