PATERSON, NJ - An attorney for former Third Ward Councilman William “Bill” McKoy has asked a judge to take action after two Paterson political operatives, Henry Sosa and Santos R. Joaquin, failed to appear for depositions on Tuesday.
According to a letter by Scott D. Salmon, Esq., that was reviewed by TAPinto Paterson, both men personally signed the subpoenas requesting their appearance, Sosa on July 11 and Joaquin on July 15. Included in the subpoenas, the letter added, both were instructed to bring specific documents including all correspondence, emails, and text messages that either received or sent to any campaign worker or volunteer, including Mendez himself, since January 1.
“The testimony of Mr. Sosa and Mr. Joaquin is critical to this case,” the letter to Judge Caposella states. “Both individuals have deep insight into Mendez’s campaign that cannot be reproduced elsewhere.”p
“What subpoena?” Sosa asked during a conversation with TAPinto Paterson, adding that the day he was allegedly served with paperwork he was in his office for 32 straight hours, and has “a camera to prove it.”
Regarding assertions that he was the “brains” and “mastermind” behind a vote gathering effort the McKoy campaign described in earlier court papers Sosa responded “preposterous.” Sosa continued that if he was with the Mendez campaign McKoy’s team would have video footage of him stepping into Mendez’ office, or Mendez in his office, which doesn’t exist because he never did.
“This is nothing but a fishing expedition for headlines,” Sosa said. “I will go to court and I will embarrass the shit out of Salmon,” he concluded.
In the latest filing McKoy’s attorney asks a judge to compel both men to appear for a deposition on August 5 at 9:00 a.m. as well as a penalty of $50, $670 to reimburse the costs associated with the deposition “for which they failed to appear,” and reasonable attorney’s fees for the same.
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