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The Nation

October 09, 1987

John A. Zaccaro's defense rested without calling any witnesses after his lawyer called the government's bribery-extortion case the flimsiest he had ever seen. However, the judge rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against Zaccaro, the husband of former Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine A. Ferraro. Zaccaro's lawyer, Robert Morvillo, said nothing in the testimony showed that the late Queens Borough President Donald Manes committed any crime or that he and Zaccaro came to an understanding about any crime. Zaccaro is charged with acting with Manes to extort a bribe from Cablevision Systems six years ago when the company sought a franchise to provide cable television in Queens.

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