A one-time lawyer for acquitted Florida mom Casey Anthony found himself under the microscope Monday in his own criminal case.
A trial took off where Brooklyn federal prosecutors say Todd Macaluso planned to fly $ 13 million dollars’ worth of cocaine from Ecuador to Honduras last year.
The scheme came years after Macaluso, 55, represented Anthony from March 2009 to February 2010. Anthony beat charges of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.
Macaluso was allegedly going to bring 1,500 kilos – more than 3,000 pounds – aboard his Falcon 10 aircraft and get $ 185,000 in return.
But one of the people in on the purported deal was a confidential government source and Macaluso was arrested in Haiti before the flight could happen. The disbarred lawyer was out on supervised release for a wire fraud conviction when he was collared.
Casey Anthony poses with a photo of her daughter Caylee during an interview in her West Palm Beach, Fla., home on Feb. 13, 2017.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hiral Mehta told jurors that Macaluso was “grounded, arrested and brought here to face justice.” Mehta said prosecutors planned to clip Macaluso’s wings with flight records, recorded conversations and other evidence.
Macaluso’s lawyer, Michael Gold, said the government’s “star witnesses” were drug dealers who would be taking the stand to save their own skin. The credibility of their testimony counted most, he said. They were like hot dogs and “when you listen to these guys, believe me, you’re going to get heartburn.”
The trial is expected to last about a week.