This will be a bitter-sweet Easter weekend for Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti.
Bitter because the government prosecution of developer James Botti that accused him of a bribery conspiracy with Lauretti prevented the mayor from seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Sweet because the Lauretti-related charges against Botti were declared a mistrial by U.S. District Judge Charles Haight after the jury deadlocked.
The Botti trial was strange. The government accused Botti of bribing Lauretti except Lauretti wasn’t charged. Why? Because the case against Lauretti is thin.
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