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Perjury Case To Be Heard May 20

From today’s Coast Star:

According to (Vitello attorney) Mr. Solomon, he has documents that contradict themselves and allegedly prove Chief Palmisano perjured himself when he spoke before the Monmouth County Superior Court.

The first document is a letter dated Feb. 2, 2005, in which Chief Palmisano, who was a lieutenant at the time, wrote to Mr. Vitello acknowledging an internal affairs investigation conducted in conjunction with the county prosecutor’s office.

“The alleged incident of threatening Special Officer Abreu with a weapon was unfounded,” according to the letter.

This letter “clearly indicates” that Chief Palmisano was “aware that rumors had surfaced back in 2005 concerning [Darian] Vitello and [Luis] Abreu that were determined to be unfounded,” Mr. Solomon said. “This is in direct contradiction to sworn testimony that [Chief] Palmisano gave at Vitello’s weapons forfeiture hearing in July 2011,” which was in the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Mr. Solomon contends that Chief Palmisano’s testimony in 2011 proves he perjured himself because at that time the chief said he did not hear about the firearms incident until 2009.

Edward Bertucio, who represents Capt. Huisman and whose office will represent Chief Palmisano, said he will not comment on the case until the hearing, which is slated for May 20. Mr. Bertucio is a partner at Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, in Eatontown.

“All issues will be addressed at this time,” he said.

Chief Palmisano declined to comment until he meets with his attorney, which was expected to take place yesterday.

Capt. Huisman could not be reached for comment.

A probable cause hearing for Chief Palmisano and Capt. Huisman is scheduled for May 20 in the Monmouth County Superior Court.

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