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Jury selection begins in Botti’s bribery and corruption trial


Jury selection in the upcoming bribery and corruption trial of Shelton developer, James Botti, began today in New Haven before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles R. Haight, Jr.
By the lunch break, roughly 40 of the 113 prospective jurors had been eliminated for a variety of reasons.
Botti, 46, of Maple Avenue, Shelton, was convicted in November on two charges of structuring financial transactions with banks, credit unions and credit card companies at amounts under $10,000 to avoid having them reported to the IRS.
On March 8, he is expected to stand trial on charges of conspiring to defraud Shelton residents, bribing a public official, and mail fraud by depriving Shelton residents of an honest government.
The public official has been identified as Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti by Botti’s attorney, William F. Dow, III, during court hearings.
Jury selection should be concluded today and the trial is expected to last three to four weeks.
Weather condidtions and accidents on the turnpike caused a delay in the start of today’s proceedings.

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Anne Amato

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