Defense lawyer attacks credibility of key government witness at Cuomo aide corruption trial

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP/WKBW) - A key witness for the prosecution lashed back at a defense attorney Wednesday, during the corruption trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Attorney Barry Bohrer defended his client, longtime Cuomo confidante Joseph Percoco, by suggesting government witness Todd Howe would lie to avoid prison. Howe called the suggestion insulting.

Howe and Percoco were close friends before Howe cooperated with prosecutors against Percoco, admitting to years of dishonesty and crimes.

Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted over $300,000 in bribes from an energy consultant and two real estate developers.

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