Two weeks after longtime Hudson County political fixer Tom Bertoli was indicted on a slew of tax-related charges, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that discovery materials will remain confidential for now, according to a protective order.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The July 7th order, signed by U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti, says that applications and affidavits in support of search warrants, reports of interviews by the FBI and/or U.S. Attorney’s Office, electronically stored data, and financial data will remain sealed – unless they become part of the public record in the case.
“The Confidential Discovery Materials shall be used by the Defendant and Defense Counsel only to prepare a defense in this case,” the protective oder says.
” … Defense Counsel shall not disclose the Confidential Discovery Materials to any person or entity other than Defendant, agents of Defense Counsel who are directly assisting in
the representation of Defendant (including any office staff of defense counsel), any expert witnesses retained by Defendant, any investigators retained by Defendant, any fact witnesses (and their counsel) who are interviewed by Defense Counsel for purposes of preparing a defense in this case, and other persons to whom the Court may authorize disclosure.”
A June 23rd, a federal grand jury indicted Bertoli, 62, on three counts of tax evasion, one count of corrupt interference with the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, and four counts of failure to file tax returns.
This came 20 days after he was charged by complaint with four federal tax charges.
Credited for helping orchestrate Steven Fulop’s wins for the Ward E council seat in 2005 and then the 2013 mayoral contest, Bertoli’s lawyers have said that he did not evade taxes or interfere with IRS law.
They have also said that he has now filed his all of his outstanding tax returns and is slowing paying back his taxes owed.