Mayor's Corruption Trial Underway

Federal jurors in Trenton heard opening arguments in the corruption trial of Trenton's mayor Thursday.

Prosecutors used words like "concealment" and "secrecy" when speaking of Tony Mack's alleged involvement in a corruption scheme that has the mayor facing extortion and bribery charges.

Mack has remained in office since his arrest in late 2012 when he was accused of allegedly soliciting and accepting payments in connection with a downtown parking garage deal.

The deal was fictitious, and the people offering the alleged bribes were government informants.

Mack's brother, Ralphiel, is also on trial. 

A third defendant, local sandwich shop owner Joseph Giorgianni, pleaded guilty last month to two extortion-related counts and unrelated drug and weapons charges.

On Wednesday, lawyers for both sides argued over whether the government can introduce evidence that alleges Giorgianni and the Macks were involved in previous schemes.

NBC10 will be monitoring the trial throughout the day.

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