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Bridgegate Co-conspirators Release Delayed

WNYC and NYPR's Matt Katz, author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption (Threshold Editions, 2016), discusses the list of Bridgegate co-conspirators, which was expected to be released by noon today, but which was held up by a federal judge after an anonymous individual named on the list claimed its release would brand him as a felon without due process of law. The list is now scheduled to be released on May 17. 

A group of news organizations requested this list, which was created by federal investigators in preparation for the trial of William Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority and Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. On Wednesday Legal papers filed by the prosecutors in that case revealed another list of individuals who "were aware of the alleged criminal conspiracy charted in this case, but did not join."  

Katz said this second list could be even more intriguing than the co-conspirators list. 

"It potentially goes to the cover up," Katz said. "People who might have been aware that this was happening and din't notify the appropriate authorities and maybe ignored media questions about it and that is really intriguing because that seems to me like it could sweep even a larger number of people into it. But a judge has not ruled whether or not we're allowed to see that list."   


 2016-05-13  12m