Prosecutors want their star witness in the corruption case against former Gov. Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco to wear a suit — not an orange jumpsuit.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote to the judge presiding over Percoco’s bribery case on Saturday, asking if felonious former lobbyist Todd Howe could wear designer duds when the trial resumes on Monday.
Howe was arrested after admitting he tried to scam $ 600 from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown in 2016 — a violation of a cooperation deal he signed with prosecutors.
Berman asked that Howe, 57, be allowed “to continue to wear a suit for the remainder of his testimony” and that the jury be instructed as to why he is behind bars.
“In an effort to avoid speculation by the jury as to why Mr. Howe is now incarcerated, we respectfully request that before cross examination resumes, the court instruct the jury that Mr. Howe was remanded as a result of his bail being revoked,’’ Berman wrote in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni.
Howe is expected back in the Manhattan federal courtroom where Percoco is on trial for pocketing some $ 300,000 in bribes on Monday.
In 2016, he admitted to acting as the middleman in the alleged bribery schemes and agreed to testify against Percoco as part of a plea deal.
Under the terms of the deal, Howe agreed not to commit any additional crimes.
A lawyer for one of Percoco’s three codefendants pressed Howe on Thursday about scamming the Waldorf.
“I don’t recall, but I’m sure if you said I did, I did,” Howe responded.