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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mob attorney hopes to prove NYPD breathalyzers often dont work

A mob attorney whose bread and butter is handling drunk driving cases has dragged the NYPD to court in his quest to prove that Breathalyzer machines are often faulty, according to a new court filing.
Adam Perlmutter, who defended Colombo street boss Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli last April, wants the police to hand over paperwork detailing the condition of its 28 Intoxilyzer 5000 machines.
Perlumutter “has discovered materials indicating that previously malfunctioning machines may be placed back into service without being repaired,” he claims in the petition. He’s “hoping to discover information that would shed light on the scope of this practice.”
The attorney told The Post that he “frequently” comes across evidence of problems with the machines while defending clients in drunk driving cases. He wants New York to follow the practice of states like Florida and Washington, which post maintenance records for such machines online.
Perlmutter said the police have rejected his attempts to gather the reports through the state’s Freedom of Information Law, citing possible “interference with law enforcement investigations or judicial proceedings,” according to the petition.
The police department did not immediately return calls for comment.



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