- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former northern New Jersey Democratic power broker convicted of federal racketeering, wire fraud and bribery charges is now seeking a new trial or to have the verdicts overturned.

Joseph Ferriero’s lawyers filed their motion Friday in federal court. It wasn’t clear Saturday if a hearing has been scheduled on the motion.

The motion cites several instances in which the lawyers claim the government provided no evidence or insufficient evidence to prove its allegations against Ferriero, who was the head of the Bergen County Democratic Organization for a decade.

They also claim the jury was improperly allowed to consider some allegations that prejudiced their deliberations on the remaining alleged racketeering acts and counts to “the point of a manifest injustice.”

The jury deliberated for four days before reaching a mixed verdict in April after a seven-week trial. The panel acquitted Ferriero of charges of conspiracy to promote bribery and mail fraud.

The government argued at trial that Ferriero used his position and power to run bribery and kickback schemes. One allegedly involved the long-delayed Xanadu entertainment complex at the Meadowlands, now known as American Dream.

Ferriero was the unpaid head of the county organization from 1998 through 2008 and was considered a key ally of former Gov. Jon Corzine in one of New Jersey’s Democratic strongholds. He has maintained that he committed no wrongdoing.

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