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Federal prosecutors will not be allowed to show a clip from The Godfather: Part II to illustrate to jurors alleged witness tampering by Roger Stone.
The ruling was handed down on Monday by US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over the trial of the former Trump associate.
Jackson - Jury - Scene - Film - CNN
Jackson said that showing the jury a famous scene from the classic film could be prejudicial, CNN is reporting.
Stone faces trial for seven felonies, including witness tampering and lying to Congress.
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Federal prosecutors allege that Stone asked an associate, believed to be Randy Credico, to 'do a Frank Pentangeli' by testifying that he concocted claims about Stone to investigators.
'The government will not be permitted to introduce the clip itself in its case in chief because the prejudicial effect of the videotape, which includes a number of extraneous matters, outweighs its probative value,' Jackson, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, ruled on Monday.
Jackson - Prosecutors - Transcript - Scene - Mob
Jackson did allow prosecutors to use a transcript from the famous scene in which mob boss Michael Corleone brings the brother of a former mafia associate, Frank Pentangeli, into a congressional hearing.
Pentangeli struck a deal with the federal government to testify against Corleone, who would then be indicted for perjury after giving sworn statements denying that he runs a criminal empire.
Corleone - Pentangeli - Brother - Sicily - Hearing
But when Corleone flies Pentangeli's brother in from Sicily to join him at the hearing, 'Frankie Five Angels' reneges on his agreement with the government and denies ever doing business with 'the godfather,' played by Al Pacino.
'I don't know nothing about that,' Pentangeli tells a congressional committee when he is asked if he ever served in Corleone's crime family.
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'Oh, I was in the olive oil business with his father but that was a long time ago.'
Pentangeli then claims he fabricated his earlier statements to the government about Corleone's...
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