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Former Nashua alderman's attorney cries political witch hunt
“This is a political witch hunt,” Attorney Joe Fricano said Wednesday during a bail hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court. “This case is all about guilt by association.”
Vitale’s legal counsel claims her case stands on “one soundbite” taken out of context from hours of telephone conversations between Vitale and Ernesto Rivera, 48, who is incarcerated at Valley Street Jail for various assault charges.
“The state is extremely concerned with Miss Vitale’s behavior,” Gill told the court while seeking a $10,000 cash or corporate surety bail and requesting that Vitale report to the Nashua Police Department for booking because she was indicted prior to an official arrest.
The indictments also state that Vitale allegedly contacted Lavoie, of 21 Hospital Ave., Apt. 1, Manchester, to make arrangements to bring Lavoie to Kersey’s residence so Lavoie could tell Kersey to recant her statement, and later drove Lavoie to her residence.
Rivera is accused of assaulting Kersey and another woman, Chantel Guertin, during a dispute last August outside of a Nashua restaurant that resulted in six domestic violence assault charges.
Vitale also showed up at Rivera’s previous bail hearing as a character witness, Gill added.
After reviewing more than 1,000 pages of discovery, Fricano maintained that Vitale did not fully understand the severity of felony charges that Rivera was facing, and that she had no idea what his intentions may have been.
“The facts here are very much in dispute,” he said.
Vitale, who previously served as a Ward 1 alderman, was ousted last fall by newcomer Sean McGuinness. However, she was still serving in her role as alderman until the end of 2013.
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