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No charges for mob mistress

October 23, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A mob mistress suspected of lying on the witness stand last year at the murder conspiracy trial of a former FBI agent will not face perjury charges, a special prosecutor concluded.

Linda Schiro was the star witness against agent Lindley DeVecchio, who was accused of conspiring in a mob murder spree by feeding confidential information to mafia informant Gregory Scarpa. Schiro, Scarpa's mistress, had testified that DeVecchio had a hand in four gang murders.

But a judge threw out the case in the middle of the trial after Schiro's testimony was undermined by a decade-old taped interview she had done with two reporters. In the interview, she implicated DeVecchio in only one murder -- not the four about which she testified under oath.

Retired Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, who was appointed special prosecutor to examine whether Schiro should be charged, found that the tape "is not sufficient proof of perjury."

DeVecchio was cleared of the charges when the case was dismissed and cannot be tried twice for the same crime.

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