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Lawyers seek to exclude mention of adult videos, allegedly used to bribe judge, from trial

Posted Apr 7, 2014 9:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Lawyers for a Philadelphia businessman are seeking to exclude evidence of porn videos allegedly given to a judge in exchange for fixing traffic tickets.

Lawyers for Henry "Eddie" Alfano are also asking U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly to ban from Alfano's upcoming trial a 2010 recorded conversation in which Alfano and former Judge Fortunato Perri Sr. discuss the videos, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"The conversation, with its derogatory remarks toward women and the references to the adult nature of the DVD videos, is extremely inflammatory and prejudicial toward the defendant," says the motion filed on behalf of Alfano. Perri pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud last year, but Alfano claims he is innocent. He will be tried in May.

Alfano, a former police officer, has previously said any gifts were given because of a friendship between the men. He is accused of giving Perri videos, free auto repair, contracting work and seafood. Alfano owns an-auto towing and repair business and is landlord for two strip clubs and an adult video store, according to the Inquirer and previous coverage by the Morning Call.

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